Our Region and Our Partnership
The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership is one of nine Partnerships across the state, established by the Victorian Government, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.
Our region in central Victoria covers an area with a diverse population and a buoyant economy based on agriculture, retail, health, property and manufacturing.
Bendigo, one of Victoria’s largest and fastest growing regional cities, lies at the heart of the region and is a prosperous and vibrant hub of cultural and economic activity. Many migrant and refugee communities have settled nearby.
Our region includes:
- Six municipalities (Campaspe Shire, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire, Mount Alexander Shire);
- A Gross Regional Product of $10.3 billion;
- A population of 228,400;
- More than 9% of people born overseas.
Since our establishment in 2016, the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership has been active consulting and engaging with thousands of people living and working in our community, including through annual Regional Assemblies.
As a result of our consultations and what we hear, we present annually on our region’s priorities to the Victorian Government’s Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee and have had a number of these priorities supported by Government in successive Budgets.
As a result, we have seen a number of Partnership-championed projects get off the ground.
However, the Partnership is about more than winning funding at Budget time.
We have been active in bringing different groups and different levels and parts of Government together in our region, in getting people talking and listening, and in providing Governments with insight into how we can better design policy so it fits the needs and expectations of our communities.