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Reflections from the Chair, Irene Grant - May 2019


This message forms part of an Ovens Murray Regional Partnership newsletter published in May 2019. See the whole newsletter.

Introducing our Outcomes Roadmap

Since its establishment in 2016, the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership has heard from hundreds of people in our region. You’ve told us what is needed and what should change; and each year we’ve taken your input and presented our regional priorities to the Victorian Government.

Thanks to your contributions, the Partnership has developed a solid understanding of what’s important to the region.

Therefore today, I am pleased to publish our Outcomes Roadmap, which is an overview of the key long term outcomes the Partnership is striving to achieve. The roadmap also provides a description of what success looks like, our challenges, where we are focusing effort and the Partnership’s actions and key projects.

The roadmap is a living document that sets out the key outcomes that the Partnership is currently focusing on. It will evolve over time as new priorities emerge and we identify the need for new actions to address priority issues.

An update:

This newsletter also provides an opportunity to update you on Partnership news, several major initiatives that are priorities for our region, and a range of initiatives underway in other Partnership regions.

Firstly, I want to welcome the new Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes, and thank Jaala Pulford, her predecessor, for her leadership and drive in creating and embracing Regional Partnerships. We look forward to working with Minister Symes going forward.

Ovens Murray priorities:

  • Passenger rail on the North East line has received nearly $300 million from government for improvements over the past couple of years and the Partnership was recently advised that the track improvement works will be completed and new long haul VLocity trains will be ready to run on the line in 2021;
  • Ride High Country billboards can now be seen around Melbourne promoting our Murray to Mountains cycling experience and preparations are underway for construction of the new trail between Beechworth and Yackandandah;
  • The Great Valley Trail, connecting Bright and Harrietville, and the Beechworth to Yackandandah Epic Mountain Bike Trail were recently funded through the Commonwealth’s Building Better Regions Fund;
  • The Wangaratta Digital Hub and Wodonga Business Innovation Hub initiatives which received $300,000 each in the 2018-19 State Budget are well underway.

The Partnership recently launched a set of stories and videos that showcase digital innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

Our Partnership:

Lastly, I want to thank my colleagues on the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership who really put in a huge amount of time and effort to ensure that what you tell us leads to real change for our region.

As expected, after nearly three years, there have been some changes in the Partnership.

I particularly want to thank Michael Gobel who has stepped down from the role of Deputy Chair but will continue to make a very valued contribution as an active Partnership member and our portfolio lead on passenger rail. I also want to congratulate Amber Gardner, another highly valued member, who was recently appointed to the role of Acting Deputy Chair.

The Partnership is also currently working through the appointment process for two new community / business members.

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