Ovens Murray Regional Partnership welcomes the Victorian Budget 2018/1902/05/2018
Ovens Murray Regional Partnership Chair Irene Grant welcomed the Victorian Government’s 2018/19 Budget which brought support for a number of the Partnership’s key priorities including digital innovation, tourism and renewable energy.
The budget included funding of:
- $2 million to progress the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing iconic walking trail project
- $300,000 to establish a Wangaratta Digital Hub at the Wangaratta Library
- $300,000 to undertake a feasibility study for a business innovation hub in Wodonga
- $300,000 to develop a regional Renewable Energy Strategy.
There was also funding for school upgrades, regional roads and health service improvements which will affect those living and working in the Ovens Murray region.
The Ovens Murray Regional Partnership – one of nine across the state - was established by the Victorian Government in 2016 recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.
Over the past two years, the Partnership has held two regional assemblies, and consulted widely with the community, taking the voice of Ovens Murray residents directly to the Victorian Government.
“We are pleased with the outcomes of the budget,” Ms Grant said.
“It means the region can capitalise on its unique nature-based tourism assets, plus take major steps towards becoming a ‘Smart Region’ that is positioned for a strong and resilient future in the digital age.”
Ms Grant said the Partnership is about more than securing budget outcomes.
“The Partnership has been effective in bringing different levels of government together in the region, in getting people talking, and in addressing issues that matter to the people of the Ovens Murray region.”
Over the past two years the Partnership motivated action that subsequently delivered funding for key priorities, including $275 million for passenger rail improvements on the North East line, $12 million for development of the region as a premier cycling destination, $200,000 to progress activation of Mount Buffalo for year-round tourism and $22 million for redevelopment at Northeast Health Wangaratta.
Ovens Murray residents will get a further chance to help shape their region’s future at the 2018 Ovens Murray Regional Assembly which will be held in Wangaratta on Wednesday 27 June.