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Engaging with our Community

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The Mallee Regional Partnership consults and engages with its community throughout the year. In 2019/20, this engagement will be through targeted deep dive meetings.

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 Mallee roundtable session: Mallee Regional Roundtable 2020 Playback (PDF 589.48 KB)PDF icon.

Focus areas are:

Tackling entrenched disadvantage

Intergenerational disadvantage is a complex issue.  Not withstanding huge investment from government, not for profits, business and communities, the indicators of disadvantage for the Mallee are getting worse.

To “move the dial”, the Mallee Regional Partnership is gathering voices and experiences of those living in disadvantage, providing services to those in need and governments and others who provide policy and funding.

Truly understanding the impact of living in entrenched disadvantage is the beginning of being able to consider how we work together to tackle such a complex problem.

Small towns symposium

Small towns and communities in the Mallee are innovative, resilient and capable with small amounts of support, to implement transformational change.

The Mallee Regional Partnership will host a Small Towns Symposium in 2020 to:

  • share ideas and empower communities find solutions to their problems, and
  • seek Government funding support for the Small Town, Big Difference Fund

Toward a thriving Mallee economy

The Mallee Regional Partnership joined forces with the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership and the Loddon Mallee RDA to undertake a project to drive significant strategic economic development in the region.

Following consolidated economic analysis tested by industry and subject matter experts, a number of targeted engagements with industry and government are underway.

In previous years, the annual Regional Assemblies have provided a large forum for communities to have their say on matters of importance to them.

Read about the Mallee Regional Assemblies below.

2018 Mallee Regional Assembly

The 2018 Mallee Regional Assembly was held on Thursday 31 May in Kerang and was attended by 200 people, including 170 community members.

It was an opportunity to hear what the Partnership has achieved to date, and for further discussions on some of region’s priorities:

  • Economic game changers
  • Access to services
  • Connectivity (digital and transport)
  • Liveability and
  • Sustaining small towns.

It was great to hear the passion and depth of conversation at the Assembly.

2017 Mallee Regional Assembly

Around 190 people – including 150 community members – attended our 2017 Mallee Regional Assembly in Swan Hill in June 2017.

It was a great opportunity 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:

  • Education and Training
  • Food and Water
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Lifestyle and Tourism
  • Road, Rail and Air
  • Small Town Futures.

A letter and a snapshot were sent to attendees.

2016 Mallee Regional Assembly

Held in December 2016 in Mildura, the first Mallee Regional Assembly generated plenty of ideas. Topics discussed included access to services, connectivity, the economy, liveability and social fabric.

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