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Reflections from the Chair David McKenzie - May 2019


This message forms part of a Goulburn 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 currently 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, as well as a description of the actions and key projects the Partnership is focusing on, and what success will look like for the region.

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.

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

An update:

Since our last Assembly in Shepparton, the Partnership has been working hard on a number of initiatives, including the Outcomes Roadmap, as well as taking your priorities to Government.

This newsletter provides me an opportunity to update you on several of our major initiatives and where they are at:

  • The Seymour Revitalisation Initiative is exploring how to make Seymour a thriving centre that can assist to service the town of Seymour, surrounding rural areas and Melbourne’s peri-urban growth corridor, as well as establishing a great ‘jumping off’ point further into the Goulburn Region – north to Strathbogie, Greater Shepparton and Moira, and east to Murrindindi.
  • The Hume Renewable Energy Strategy, funded in the last Budget, is being developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), improving our understanding of the renewable energy industry in the region to identify and encourage opportunities for new investment and to support building community awareness about the benefits of this form of energy;
  • We are using seed funding to develop, with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), The Goulburn Health and Wellbeing Plan. The plan is working towards ensuring that Goulburn’s population has access to best support and services;
  • Our Climate Change Adaptability in Agriculture initiative, a joint project with Agriculture Victoria, DELWP and climate change and policy specialists, is making the best thinking on climate change easily accessible to local producers to assist them to make their businesses strong and sustainable in the face of a changing climate;
  • We are activating Lake Eildon by identifying opportunities for investment and growth of this significant asset to further stimulate the region’s tourism sector.

As you may be aware, we also have a new Victorian Minister for Regional Development. We would like to welcome Jaclyn Symes and thank her predecessor, Jaala Pulford, who created and embraced Regional Partnerships. We look forward to working with the new Minister.

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

Our Partnership:

Lastly, I want to thank again my colleagues on the Regional Partnership who really put in a huge amount of time and effort to ensure what you tell us leads to real change for our region.

As you can imagine, after nearly three years, we are expecting some change around on the Partnership.

I particularly want to thank Paul Culpan who resigned from the Partnership in 2018, for his contribution to our group, and to formally welcome Stuart Locke from Seymour, and Elaine Mallows from Yarrawonga to our Partnership. We will be looking to welcome in some more new members through 2019.

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