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Engaging with our Community

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The Great South Coast Regional Partnership consults and engages with its community throughout the year. In 2019/20, this engagement will be through targeted deep dive meetings.

Each of the nine Regional Partnerships hosted a virtual roundtable in May/June 2020 to hear directly from community and business leaders across regional Victoria.

The insights and evidence from the roundtables are now assisting the government in better understanding the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on local communities and paving the way for recovery through identifying the unique challenges and opportunities each region faces in driving social and economic recovery.

Working in tandem with the Regional Partnerships, Victoria’s five regionally based Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees helped determine place-based solutions to local issues and align Victorian and national efforts across all three tiers of government.

Read the outcomes of the Great South Coast roundtable session: Great South Coast Regional Roundtable 2020 Playback (PDF 961.47 KB)PDF icon.

In previous years, the annual Regional Assembly has provided a large forum and focus for such engagement.

Read about the Great South Coast Regional Assemblies below.

2018 Great South Coast Regional Assembly
2017 Great South Coast Regional Assembly
2016 Great South Coast Regional Assembly

2018 Great South Coast Regional Assembly

The 2018 Great South Coast Regional Assembly was held on Wednesday 13 June in Hamilton and was attended by more than 240 community members.

It was an opportunity to hear what the Partnership has achieved to date, and for further discussions on our top priorities:

  • The Economy
  • Education
  • Health and Community Wellbeing
  • Transport and Infrastructure
  • Culture and Environment.

It was great to see so many people there and to hear the passion and depth of conversation.

A report was sent to attendees after the Assembly.

2017 Great South Coast Regional Assembly

More than 340 people attended our 2017 Great South Coast Regional Assembly in Portland in October.

It was a great opportunity for local people to tell Partnership members and Government Ministers and representatives what is important to us.

The main topics discussed at the Assembly were:

  • Our Education and Training
  • Our Health and Community Wellbeing
  • Our Economy
  • Our Environment and Culture
  • Our Transport Networks and Infrastructure.

A letter and a snapshot were sent to attendees.

2016 Great South Coast Regional Assembly

Held in October, the 2016 Great South Coast Regional Assembly was a great success with community members from all across the region taking part in shaping the future of the beautiful Great South Coast.

The night generated a very large number of ideas which sit broadly under the following themes:

  • Better roads and infrastructure for safety and growth
  • A growing visitor economy
  • An educated community and skilled workforce
  • Safe, healthy, liveable and connected communities
  • An innovative and prosperous food and fibre sector
  • Renowned environment, culture and iconic landscapes.
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