Regional Partnerships - giving regional Victorians a real say23/03/2018
"Regional Partnerships are helping to transform the way communities work with Government and how Government delivers services in regional Victoria.”
Minister for Regional Development
The Great South Coast Regional Partnership, one of nine across the state, gives regional Victorians a real say about issues that matter to them.
Over the past 18 months, the Partnership has held two Regional Assemblies in Port Fairy and Portland, and has consulted with thousands of people living and working in the region.
Together, they have identified critical investments for their communities; and the Partnership has conveyed these priorities to the highest level of Government.
The Government has listened, learned — and is taking action.
The 2017/18 State Budget funded several projects identified as priorities through the 2016 Regional Partnership process. These included:
- $45 million for improving regional Digital Connectivity, a priority which was identified by each Partnership;
- Major investments in regional road and rail projects which were top of the list in many regions, as well as funding for Partnership specific projects including
- in Great South Coast, for Beyond the Bell, an initiative to keep young people in school and engaged in education, and for the GSC Food and Fibre Council to drive the agriculture sector in the region.
The Great South Coast Regional Partnership's 2017 Regional Assembly and consultation process confirmed many of the Partnership's initial priorities but also identified new issues which have been put forward as priorities in the 2018/19 Government Budget process. View the Great South's Partnership's 2017 priorities.
But it's about more than Budget outcomes, explains Minister for Regional Development:
“Local solutions are often the best solutions. What works in Melbourne doesn’t always work in regional cities. What works in regional cities doesn’t always work in smaller rural towns. Regional Partnerships offer us invaluable insights into how we can better design public policy so that it fits the needs and expectations of diverse communities. The Wimmera Southern Mallee early years trial is a great example of this.”
And it goes beyond Assemblies:
“Beyond the formal get-togethers and consultation processes, the Partnerships are helping break down old silos and open up productive new lines of dialogue. This leads to place-based solutions that demand collaboration across and between all levels of government — making us a better, more responsive Government.”