Victoria’s first Cross Border Commissioner appointed26/09/2018
The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of Victoria’s first Cross Border Commissioner, meaning a Mallee Regional Partnership priority is now a reality.
Luke Wilson, who currently holds a senior position in the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), will take up the new position in October. Mr Wilson has had a long career in both the public and private sectors with experience in regionally important issues such as agriculture, forestry and energy.
In 2016 and 2017, the Mallee community told the Regional Partnership about the need for a Cross Border Commissioner to further the interests of businesses, organisations and individuals who live, work and operate across Victoria’s border communities.
The Mallee Regional Partnership Chair, Win Scott, was pleased with the appointment.
“We were thrilled the Government listened to the Mallee and committed $760,000 in the 2018/19 State Budget to establish the Cross Border Commission,” Ms Scott said. “The appointment of Mr Wilson to this role ensures we have a capable and experienced individual working for communities right along our borders.”
She added, “The appointment of the Victorian Cross Border Commissioner is a clear reflection of the success of the Regional Partnership model which takes regional communities’ concerns directly to government.”
The Commissioner will be based in Wodonga, and will divide his time between a number of Victorian Government offices along our borders – including Mildura – to ensure all communities have access to direct engagement.
He will be responsible for promoting the interests of Victorian border communities, resolving issues, and developing common approaches with neighbouring states and will work to remove barriers and find solutions to maximise growth and productivity.
The Mallee Regional Partnership was set up by the Victorian Government in 2016 recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.
Over the past two years, the Partnership has held three Regional Assemblies to listen to the community on issues that matter to them.