Our Region and Our Partnership
The Mallee Regional Partnership is one of nine Partnerships across the state, established by the Victorian Government in recognition that the local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.
Bordered by the Murray River in the north and South Australia in the west, our region includes the outback region of far north-west Victoria.
Irrigated agriculture and broadacre cropping drive the Mallee’s economy; with the areas surrounding Mildura, Robinvale and Swan Hill providing Victoria’s most productive horticultural land.
The Mallee is a culturally diverse area, with a strong indigenous heritage and large Aboriginal population, as well as a growing number of new migrants and humanitarian visa holders.
The Murray River, which runs along the northern border of the region, provides access to substantial irrigation water supply. It also lures tourists and people seeking a lifestyle change.
Our region includes:
- Four municipalities (Buloke Shire, Gannawarra Shire, Mildura Rural City, Swan Hill Rural City);
- A Gross Regional Product of $6 billion;
- A population of 93,000;
- 15.6% of jobs are in the agricultural sector.
Established in 2016, Victoria’s second term Regional Partnership committees were appointed at the beginning of 2021.
The Mallee Regional Partnership has actively consulted and engaged with thousands of people living and working in our community.
We played a key role in providing the State Government a deep understanding of local COVID-19 impacts and opportunities through our Mallee coronavirus roundtable. It engaged Regional Development Australia members and local leaders to provide live insight of the pandemics impact and helped shaped the government’s recovery response.
Mallee Partnership's regional priorities are presented annually to Government. The Partnership has completed a Mallee Outcomes Roadmap (PDF 752.27 KB) - a summary of the key long-term outcomes the Partnership is striving to achieve and what success will look like for the region. The roadmap also includes a description of the actions and key projects the Partnership is focussing on.
While Partnership projects have been supported in successive budgets our work is much more than winning funding at Budget time.
We have been active in bringing different groups and parts of Government together in our region, in getting people talking, listening to the needs and expectations of our communities, and providing Governments with insight into how we can design policy to effectively service our region.