Victoria’s first Cross Border Commissioner appointed27/09/2018
The Victorian Government today announced the appointment of Victoria’s first Cross Border Commissioner, who will be based in our region.
Luke Wilson, who currently holds a senior position in the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), will take up the new position in October.
Mr Wilson has had a long career in both the public and private sectors with experience in regionally important issues such as agriculture, forestry and energy.
Mr Wilson will be based in Wodonga, but he will divide his time between a number of Victorian Government offices along our borders to ensure all communities have access to direct engagement.
The idea of a Cross Border Commissioner has been championed by the Mallee Regional Partnership and supported by other Regional Partnerships which heard from the community in 2016 and 2017 about the need for such a role to further the interests of businesses, organisations and individuals who live, work and operate across Victoria’s border communities.
Ovens Murray Regional Partnership Chair Irene Grant said though this initiative was championed by the Mallee Partnership, many communities in Ovens Murray face similar issues and were pleased when the Government committed $760,000 in the 2018/19 State Budget to establish the Cross Border Commission.
“We look forward to meeting Mr Wilson and for him to commence his new role,” Ms Grant said.
“The appointment is a clear reflection of the success of the Regional Partnership model which takes regional communities’ issues to the heart of government.”
The Commissioner will be responsible for promoting the interests of Victorian border communities, resolving issues, and developing common approaches with neighbouring states and will work to remove barriers and find solutions to maximise growth and productivity.
The Ovens Murray Regional Partnership was set up 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 three regional assemblies to listen to the community on issues that matter to them.