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Reflections from the Chair Maree McPherson - May 2019


This message forms part of a Gippsland Regional Partnership newsletter published in May 2019. See the whole newsletter.

Introducing our Outcomes Roadmap

Since our inception in 2016, this Partnership has heard from thousands of people in our region. You’ve told us what is needed and what should change, and each year we’ve taken your input and presented priorities to the Victorian Government.

Thanks to your contributions, the Partnership now has a good idea of what this region’s long term priorities are.

Therefore today, I am pleased to publish our Outcomes Roadmap, which is a summary of the key outcomes this Partnership is currently striving to achieve. It’s also a description of the actions and key projects the Partnership is focusing on, and what success will look like for Gippsland.

The roadmap is a living document. It will evolve over time. New priorities might present themselves and we will have new initiatives to address current and future issues.

This document sets out the major outcomes the Partnership is currently focused on. 

An update

This newsletter also gives me the chance to provide an update.

Let me start by welcoming the new Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes and thanking Jaala Pulford, her predecessor, for her leadership and drive in creating, and embracing, Regional Partnerships. We look forward to working with Minister Symes.

Next, let me fill you in on some of the wonderful projects that are occurring across Gippsland, with support from the Regional Partnership. You can read later in this newsletter about Food and Fibre initiatives in Gippsland and projects underway in other regions.

Here in Gippsland, we are also supporting these projects.

Destination Management Plan

This project is led by Destination Gippsland. The final report will be released after June. The Plan aims to increase Gippsland’s visitor economy, to make it more competitive, adaptive and diverse.

Gippsland Centre for Innovation & Research

The Partnership has engaged Federation University to undertake a Feasibility Study into the establishment of a Centre for Innovation and Research. The Centre seeks to identify and address the complex and systemic health and social issues impacting children and young people in our region. We know one in five children in Gippsland enters school developmentally vulnerable. We have witnessed a 62% increase in reported family violence incidents over the past five years. These are just some of the issues the Centre will address.

Gippsland Digital Plan

We continue to hear about your digital connectivity challenges. We look forward to the release of the Gippsland Digital Plan later this year. This region-specific plan will bring together up-to-date information on the region’s digital infrastructure and services, and establish a sound evidence-base on current and emerging gaps, needs and priorities.

Your views on these projects and others that can transform our region are welcome. You can email us directly at Your thoughts are incredibly valuable. Your feedback gives us the chance to put our messages to the heart of Government.

As mentioned by the Minister, in 2019, our Partnership will run several targeted engagement sessions. These are currently in development and we will use our Facebook page to keep you updated.

I look forward to continuing our conversations in 2019. I hope the year will be a positive and sustainable one for Gippsland.

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