The Ovens Murray Regional Partnership is one of nine Partnerships across the state, established by the Victorian Government, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.
Bordering the Murray River to the north and having unique access to Victoria's High Country, the Ovens Murray region is best known for its lifestyle advantages and thriving tourism sector based on cycling, snow, nature-based tourism, food, wine, craft beer and cultural heritage. The region is also strategically located on national freight and transport routes servicing Australia’s east coast and has a number of strong manufacturing and service centres.
Our region includes:
- Seven municipalities (Alpine Shire, Benalla Rural City, Indigo Shire, Mansfield Shire, Towong Shire, Wangaratta Rural City, Wodonga City);
- A Gross Regional Product of $6.5 billion;
- A population of 130,000;
- Nearly 4 million High Country visitors a year.
Since our establishment in 2016, the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership has been actively consulting and engaging with thousands of people living and working in our community.
From 2019, our engagement has evolved and is now much more focused, with a small number of targeted deep-dive engagements. This follows on from the annual Regional Assemblies held from 2016 to 2018.
Our Partnership presents annually to Government on our region's priorities. However, in early 2019, the Partnership completed a Ovens Murray Outcomes Roadmap (PDF 720.96 KB) - a summary of the key outcomes the Partnership is striving to achieve long term, as well as a description of the actions and key projects the Partnership is focussing on, and what success will look like for the region.
However, the Partnership is about much more than winning funding at Budget time.
We have been active in bringing different groups and different levels and parts of Government together in our region, in getting people talking and listening, and in providing Governments with insight into how we can better design policy so it fits the needs and expectations of our communities.