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May 2019
Maturing Regional Partnerships

As Minister for Regional Development, I am pleased to reassert our commitment to Regional Partnerships - but I'm also keen to talk about how they're maturing and taking a more strategic approach to delivering for regional Victorians.“

Jaclyn Symes, Minister for Regional Development

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Gippsland crop
Reflections from the Chair

Today I am pleased to publish our Outcomes Roadmap which is a summary of the key outcomes this Partnership is currently striving to achieve. It’s also a description of the actions and key projects the Partnership is focusing on, and what success will look like for Gippsland.

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Maree McPherson, Chair of the Gippsland Regional Partnership
Sowing seeds for success: the future of Food and Fibre in Gippsland

Food & Fibre in Gippsland received a boost in the 2018 Victorian Budget with $700,000 to develop an action plan to grow the sector in Victoria’s south-east. Now, a year on, this Gippsland Regional Partnership priority is taking shape, with several major projects underway.

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Stories from across the Regional Partnerships
Victoria’s Cross Border Commissioner: a Partnership priority in action

“We’re doing about 1,000 km a week,” explains Luke Wilson, Victoria’s inaugural Cross Border Commissioner, who took up the role last October.

Over the past few months, the Commissioner – who is based in Wodonga, but is on the road two or three days a week – has been visiting the state’s border areas, meeting with councils, business groups, and speaking with the community, including on local talkback radio.

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Leading local solutions in Wimmera Southern Mallee

Now in its second year, the Wimmera Southern Mallee Early Years Project, or ‘BY FIVE’, was one of the first Regional Partnership-driven projects to get off the ground. A partnership with the Department of Education and Training (DET) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), along with support from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the project is forging ahead, ultimately seeking place-based solutions to local needs.

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New digital innovation videos shine light on Ovens Murray success

Establishing Ovens Murray as a regional leader in digital innovation and entrepreneurship is a high priority for the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership, which recently launched a series of eight short videos showcasing digital success across the region.

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People running in a park
Setting the future economic direction of Loddon Campaspe

The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership and the Loddon Mallee RDA are joining forces to produce an economic vision for the Loddon Campaspe region which they hope will drive future economic growth.

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Rooftops in Bendigo city
Roadmap to a Low Carbon Economy, our Renewable Energy Future

“It’s totally possible that the Grampians can produce zero emissions by 2050,” explains Stuart Benjamin, Chair of GNET, the Grampians New Energy Taskforce. “In fact, we might be able to push it beyond zero.  We’re blessed with a rich renewable energy resource here.”

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Wind Farm in the Central Highlands
Geelong City Deal means Partnerships’ top priorities get the go ahead

Many of the Barwon Regional Partnership’s top priorities have been given the green light with the recent funding agreement of the Geelong City Deal.

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Geelong foreshore
Revitalising Seymour – a Partnership priority gets the green light

Following discussions at the Goulburn Regional Partnership’s 2017 Regional Assembly in Seymour, the Goulburn Regional Partnership put revitalising the town high on its priority agenda.

And in October 2018, the Victorian Government agreed, committing almost $1 million to the new Seymour Revitalisation Initiative (SRI), which will see a whole of Government approach to unlocking the town’s potential and ensuring it is best placed for the future.

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Seymour township
Student hubs on the cards in the Great South Coast

Studying a university or other tertiary course remotely online in South West Victoria might soon become a lot less isolated and more manageable, thanks to a local student proposal.

At the 2018 Great South Coast Regional Assembly in Hamilton, local year 12 students told the Great South Coast Regional Partnership about the difficulties of studying a tertiary course online from home.

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Great South Coast Regional Partnership 2018 Assembly


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