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Reflections from the Acting Chair, David Richardson – May 2019


This message forms part of a Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership newsletter published in May 2019. See the whole newsletter.

Introducing our Outcomes Roadmap

Since our inception in 2016, the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership has heard from thousands of people in our region. You’ve told us what is needed and what should change; and each year we’ve taken your input and presented priorities to the Victorian Government.

Thanks to your contributions, the Partnership now has a good idea of what this region’s long-term priorities currently are.

Therefore today, I am pleased to publish our Outcomes Roadmap, which is a summary of the key outcomes this Partnership is currently striving to achieve, as well as a description of the actions and key projects the Partnership is focusing on, and what success will look like for the region.

The roadmap is a living document. It will evolve over time. New priorities might present themselves and we will have new initiatives to address current and future issues.

But this document sets out the major outcomes the Partnership is currently focused on.

An update:

Over the past few months, the Partnership has been working hard on a number of initiatives, including the Outcomes Roadmap, as well as taking your priorities to Government.

This newsletter provides me an opportunity to update you on several of our major initiatives and where they are at, as well as Partnership news more generally, and to also give you a taster of what’s going on in other Partnership regions.

As you may be aware, we have a new Victorian Minister for Regional Development. We would like to welcome Jaclyn Symes and thank her predecessor, Jaala Pulford, who created and embraced Regional Partnerships. We look forward to working with the new Minister.

Closer to home, our former Chair Nigel McGuckian stepped down in December last year, though remains on the Partnership. Nigel has been a real driving force behind the Partnership and I want to thank him for his commitment and hard work. In addition, I would like to acknowledge Marnie Baker, who was our Deputy Chair, and Margot Spalding for their valuable contributions to the Regional Partnership.  Both Margot and Marnie were inaugural members of the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership and in 2018 needed to channel their focus on their business and community roles.

As for Partnership projects, you can read about our work to develop a Loddon Campaspe Regional Economic Growth Strategy.

On other news:

Work on our Healthy Heart of Victoria Initiative continues, with six Health Brokers working in each Local Government Area and a Coordinator in place to support healthy choices. The Active Living Census is now live and we are hoping for many of our community members to participate in this census.  Finally, some terrific projects to encourage and support more people to be more active, more often, have been funded.  For more information, you can follow us on Facebook.

Walking Together Initiative – This project aims to trial new land management practices so that a happy balance between conservation of our beautiful bushland and appropriate usage can be achieved.  This project is led by Parks Victoria and Dja Dja Wurrung.  Two forest parks have been identified which will profit from a more intensive management style that benefits biodiversity and encourages greater (appropriate) use of the parklands.

The two proposed trial sites are:

  • Kalimna Park – 175 ha on the north eastern outskirts of Castlemaine, part of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, and
  • Greater Bendigo National Park – A portion of the National Park in close proximity to urban Bendigo.

Youth our Critical Asset – This priority is gathering great momentum with plans for a van to be purchased and fitted out to travel to rural areas and events. Two Youth Workers will also be employed to support young people living in rural areas where access to services and support is often challenging. In addition, an app with a list of services available will be developed, as young people have told us it’s hard to know what services are in their local community should they need support.

Finally, as mentioned by the Minister, in 2019, our Partnership will run several very targeted engagement sessions. These are currently in development and we will use our Facebook page to keep you updated on engagement.

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