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New committee members appointed

01/03/2021

A new group of local leaders has been appointed to serve the Wimmera Southern Mallee 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 Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership committee’s tenure has come to an end.

Following an extensive recruitment campaign, vice president of the National Farmers’ Federation, and immediate past president of the Victorian Farmers’ Federation David Jochinke has been re-appointed as Chair of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership.

A grain and livestock farmer, Mr Jochinke will be joined by a diverse and high-calibre group drawn from sectors that include education, health, resource management, and social services.

Dr Cathy Tischler, a lead researcher at the Regional Incubator for Social and Economic Research (RISER) at Federation University, has been re-appointed Deputy Chair of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership. Other members include:

  • Johnny Gorton
  • Carol Starkey
  • Kendra Clegg
  • Catherine Morley
  • Josh Koenig
  • Dave Brennan
  • Emelia Sudholz
  • Mark Williams

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 Wimmera Southern Mallee 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 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 Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership has been the key driver for the ByFive project, which tackles complex and interrelated issues of disadvantage and gives young children a solid foundation for learning.

ByFive has been recognised for its innovative work in improving access and availability to health, education and family services, attracting and retaining new skilled early years workers and improving the capability of parents, practitioners and leaders.

This work has improved the early years’ service provision in the Wimmera Southern Mallee and the prospects for the region’s youngest residents.

For more information about the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership’s priorities.



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