The Partnership engages with the Mallee community throughout the year and takes our region’s priorities to the Victorian Government.
Over time, the Partnership has been able to refine the region’s priorities as it has consulted further.
In some cases, Government has responded to the priorities with funding for specific initiatives at Budget time or through the year.
But not all of our priorities require funding initiatives to get off the ground.
The Partnership recently completed an Outcomes Roadmap - a summary of the key outcomes the Partnership is striving to achieve, the actions and key projects the Partnership is focusing on, and what success will look like for the region. This is a living document and will be updated going forward.
One way in which our Partnership priorities can be realised is through the Budget commitments and policy changes we achieve.
The below list is a small snapshot of the budget outcomes that have recently been achieved for the Mallee Regional Partnership:
- $215,850 to fast-track planning of the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) Nexus Project in Birchip. The BCG Nexus project, when completed, will allow researchers, farmers and students to stay on-site as part of an innovation hub based in Birchip.
- $3 Million for the Trail of Lights project at Cullulleraine (west of Mildura), led by Mildura Regional Development, which will see the installation of a bespoke light art installation by world renowned artist Bruce Munro. The project is expected to grow Mildura’s visitor economy by tens of millions of dollars annually.
- Securing the commitment of the Australian and Victorian Governments, including to construct the Victoria-New South Wales Interconnector (VNI West) KerangLink. The project will provide a vital new transmission link to deliver clean energy from Victoria’s Renewable Energy Zones via Kerang to the national energy grid, creating 2000 jobs during construction.
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