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 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 $6.485 billion;
- A population of 131,430;
- Nearly 4 million High Country visitors a year.
Established in 2016, Victoria’s second term Regional Partnership committees were appointed at the beginning of 2021.
The Ovens Murray Regional Partnership has actively consulted and engaged with thousands of people living and working in our community.
We played a key role in providing the State Government a deep understanding of local COVID-19 impacts and opportunities through our Ovens Murray coronavirus roundtable. It engaged Regional Development Australia members and local leaders to provide live insight of the pandemics impact and helped shaped the government’s recovery response.
Our Partnership presents annually to Government on our region's priorities. The Partnership has 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.
While Partnership projects have been supported in successive budgets our work is much more than winning funding at Budget time.
We have been active in bringing different groups and parts of Government together in our region, in getting people talking, listening to the needs and expectations of our communities, and providing Governments with insight into how we can design policy to effectively service our region.