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The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership consults and engages with its community throughout the year.

In 2019 and 2020, the Partnerships moved to a model of Deep Dives; bringing Ministers together with stakeholders and those impacted on the ground to tackle single, deep rooted issues.

On 7 of November the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership hosted a Deep Dive to focus on supporting our youth to transition from education to employment.

We explored the facts and the data – that Loddon Campaspe has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the state, while one in five young people in the region does not complete year 12 (compared with one in ten across Victoria). Half of the young people in the region do not continue with training or further education after year 12, even though many jobs require higher qualifications.

At the Deep Dive, we heard directly about the issues from young people’s perspectives.  We heard what’s stopping them staying in school to year 12, why so many choose not to go onto higher education and what’s needed to help them enter the workforce.

Importantly, we listened to local suggestions for solutions. What do young people, their teachers, their parents, their future employers think needs to happen in Loddon Campaspe?

Participants at the Deep Dive engaged fully, and pledged to take forward ideas, to ensure opportunities to work across Government happen.

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 Loddon Campaspe roundtable session: Loddon Campaspe Regional Roundtable 2020 Playback (PDF 771.87 KB) PDF icon.

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

Read about the Loddon Campaspe Regional Assemblies below.

2018 Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly
2017 Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly
2016 Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly

2018 Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly

The Loddon Campaspe 2018 Regional Assembly was held on Thursday 3 May in Kyneton and was attended by close to 200 community members.

It was an opportunity to hear what the Partnership has achieved to date, and for participants to add their thoughts on our top priorities:

  • The economy
  • Early years
  • Tracks, trails and tourism
  • Youth
  • Health.

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

A report was sent to attendees.

2017 Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly

More than 200 people attended our 2017 Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly in Bendigo in August, while close to 100 people attended our regional workshops in Echuca and Castlemaine, held in the run up to the Assembly.

Each was a chance 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:

  • Health
  • Digital connectivity
  • Transport
  • Environment and renewable energy
  • Support for early years
  • Skills and pathways to employment
  • A growing economy.

A letter and a snapshot were sent to attendees.

2016 Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly

Held in October, the 2016 Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly was hugely successful as a first step in our engagement with community, industry and government. The energy and enthusiasm of the 200 people who joined us on the night was captured as they talked about what really matters to our region.

The night generated over 800 ideas which has informed the emerging priorities for the Loddon Campaspe region. Broadly the ideas sit within five key themes:

  • Connectivity
  • Create the best possible start for every child
  • A growing economy
  • Be the healthy heart of Victoria
  • A great environment to live.

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