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New committee members appointed


A new group of local leaders has been appointed to serve the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership’s next term.

The Victorian Government established the nine Regional Partnerships in 2016 in recognition that local communities are best placed to understand their region’s challenges and opportunities.

Committees are appointed to serve four-year terms, meaning the inaugural Ovens Murray Regional Partnership committee’s tenure has come to an end.

Following an extensive recruitment campaign, Mount Hotham Alpine Resort CEO and former Ovens Murray Regional Partnership Deputy Chair Amber Gardner has been appointed Chair.

Ms Gardner will be joined by a diverse and high-calibre group drawn from sectors that include education, health, social services and tourism. Other members include:

  • Jon Hutchins
  • Rosie Koop
  • Sally Gamble
  • Felicity Williams
  • Bess Nolan-Cook
  • Amanda Kelly

These community members will be joined by local council CEOs, Regional Development Australia representatives and senior Victorian government officials.

The term of appointment for new members will run until 31 December 2024.

The Ovens Murray Regional Partnership would like to thank the outgoing committee members for their dedicated service over the past four years. The role of the Partnership is to ensure their communities have a greater say about what matters to them and that their voices are heard by government.

The Ovens Murray Regional Partnership identified the need for a masterplan to understand how the region could grow cycle tourism from 100,000 per annum to 250,000 over the next five years.

The 2017/18 State Budget allocated $12 million towards the initiative.

There has also been $6.5 million in private sector investment, which has generated 65 jobs for the region.

For more information about the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership’s priorities.

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