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New committee members appointed

01/03/2021

A new group of local leaders has been appointed to serve the Great South Coast Regional Partnership’s next term.

The Victorian Government established the nine Regional Partnerships in 2016 in recognition that local communities are best placed to understand their region’s challenges and opportunities.

Committees are appointed to serve four-year terms, meaning the inaugural Great South Coast Regional Partnership committee’s tenure has come to an end.

Following an extensive recruitment campaign, Lisa Dwyer, a local dairy farmer and board member of Murray Goulburn Cooperative Co Ltd, Dairy Australia and Australian Livestock Export Corporation, has been re-appointed Chair of the Great South Coast Regional Partnership.

Mrs Dwyer will be joined by a diverse and high-calibre group drawn from sectors that include education, business, transport, agriculture, manufacturing, social services, tourism, renewable energy and water and regional development.

David Pope, Director of Popes Timboon and active community member based in Corangamite Shire Council, has been appointed Deputy Chair of the Great South Coast Regional Partnership.

Other members include:

  • Stephen Lucas
  • Anne Murphy
  • Jacinta Ermacora
  • Stephen Garner
  • Cassandra Prigg

These community members will be joined by local council CEOs, Regional Development Australia representatives and senior Victorian government officials.

The term of appointment for new members will run until 31 December 2024.

The Great South Coast Regional Partnership would like to thank the outgoing committee members for their dedicated service over the past four years. The role of the Partnership is to ensure their communities have a greater say about what matters to them and that their voices are heard by government.

The role of the Partnership is to ensure their communities have a greater say about what matters to them and that their voices are heard by government.

The Great South Coast Regional Partnership identified a need for economic diversification in the region. As part of the GSC Economic Futures project a hydrogen energy opportunity was developed resulting in Deakin University attracting a $2 million investment from the Commonwealth Government to establish the Hycel at its Warrnambool campus.

Hycel is one of Australia’s first facilities for safely testing new technologies that enable hydrogen to fuel heavy vehicles and to replace natural gas. It creates an opportunity for Victoria’s south-west to become a world leader in the burgeoning hydrogen economy.

More information about the Great South Coast Regional Partnership’s priorities.



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