The 2018 Great South Coast Regional Assembly in summary by Chair Emily Lee-Ack11/10/2018
The 2018 GSC Regional Assembly was the Partnership’s third major opportunity to consult with the community.
In addition to local residents, businesses and organisation representatives, the Assembly – held in Hamilton on 13 June 2018 – was attended by two Victorian Government Ministers: the Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development and the Attorney-General. In total there were 290 in the room, of whom more than 240 were community members.
The GSC Regional Partnership designed this year’s Assembly to build on the work, input and feedback provided to the Partnership through previous Assemblies and broader consultation with the community and Government.
The Assembly provided the GSC Regional Partnership an opportunity to present a brief summary of some of its achievements over the past eight months since our last Assembly. As part of this, we screened two videos, which showcased the fantastic work being undertaken by the Beyond The Bell initiative and the Great South Coast Food and Fibre Council. These two projects – priorities of the Great South Coast Regional Partnership – address some of the key issues facing our region in supporting and developing our young people – the future of our region. View the videos on Beyond the Bell and the Food and Fibre Council.
With three Assemblies held by our Partnership since 2016, we now have a clear understanding of, and a strong evidence base for, the issues facing our region. Discussions at this year’s Assembly aimed to gain more detailed ideas and opportunities to resolve issues relating to the Great South Coast region’s Economy, Education, Health and Community Wellbeing, Transport and Infrastructure, and Culture and Environment.
The evening was full of conversation and interesting discussion, and generated many ideas which the Partnership will now review alongside the online feedback received.
Some of the ideas that attracted the strongest support at the Assembly and online include:
|Partnership Theme||Which ideas received the highest % of votes at 2018 GSC Regional Assembly||Highest 2018 Online Public Survey Vote|
Strong and diverse regional economy with more local jobs
Accessible, quality education and training
Health & Community Wellbeing:
Attractive, safe, vibrant and liveable community
Transport & Infrastructure:
Better roads, transport and infrastructure as enablers for prosperity, safety and liveability
Culture & Environment:
Renowned environment, culture and iconic landscapes
The Great South Coast Regional Partnership would like to especially recognise the efforts made by all the young people who attended the Assembly. On the night, they put forward the following idea:
- Funding to establish a virtual hub with a physical presence for university cloud learning in each major town.
As a Partnership, our role is now to take the messages and ideas from our 2018 Regional Assembly and action them. We will present on our 2018 priorities to the Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee later this month.