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Goulburn Regional Partnership welcomes the Victorian Budget 2018/19

02/05/2018

Goulburn Regional Partnership Chair David McKenzie commended the Victorian Government’s 2018/19 Budget, which brought outstanding support for a number of the Partnership’s key priorities.

“The 2018/19 budget results for the Goulburn region are significant, and will improve the regions connectivity and assist building a sustainable, strong future for all,” Mr McKenzie said.

The budget included:

  • $312.9 million for upgrades to the Shepparton rail line
  • $23 million for the Munarra Centre for Regional Excellence
  • $0.4 million for a masterplan for Barmah National Park, focusing on business opportunities for Yorta Yorta Traditional Owners

There was also $0.3 million to develop a renewable energy strategy which will affect those living and working in the Goulburn region.

The Goulburn Regional Partnership – one of nine across the state – was established by the Victorian Government in 2016 recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.

Over the past two years, the Partnership has held two regional assemblies and consulted widely with the community, taking the voice of Goulburn residents directly to the Victorian Government.

Mr McKenzie said the Partnership is about more than securing budget outcomes.

“The Partnership is about transforming the way the region’s communities work with governments, and each other, to realise a shared vision for Goulburn.

“The Partnership has been effective in bringing different levels of government together in the region, in getting people talking, and in addressing issues that matter to the people of the Goulburn region.”

Mr McKenzie said among the Partnership’s achievements over the past two years, have been working with Agriculture Victoria’s climate change and policy specialists, resulting in increasing best practice agriculture and climate change approach’s.

“This influence has motivated the application of climate change research and development on-farm.

”Another solid result was winning support for the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project which supports vulnerable young people and their families.”

Goulburn residents will get a further chance to help shape their region’s future at the 2018 Goulburn Regional Assembly which will be held in Shepparton on Wednesday 18 July.

Read more about the Victorian Budget 2017/2018 outcomes for Goulburn

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