Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today (22 September, 2016) announced the start of online consultation for the Barwon Regional Partnership community ahead of their first Regional Assembly to be held in Torquay on November 2.
A new website recently launched by the State Government will give rural and regional Victorians the chance to share their ideas about local opportunities and challenges across every government portfolio.
Each of the nine Regional Partnerships will host an assembly involving at least 100 people, including community members, Members of Parliament and local government coming together to discuss priorities for each region.
Barwon community members can register their interest in attending via the new website, which includes polls about local issues, links to strategic regional plans and more information about the Partnerships. Feedback received online will inform discussions at the assembly.
Following the assemblies, each Partnership will deliver key recommendations to government through the new Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee made up of seven members of Cabinet and chaired by Ms Pulford.
The Barwon Regional Partnership includes the shires of Colac Otway, Surf Coast, the Borough of Queenscliffe and the City of Greater Geelong and members include G21 chair Bill Mithen and CEO Elaine Carbines.
A strong and diverse economy generating jobs, improving transport connections, strengthening social equity, new opportunities for young people and maximising the attractiveness of the region to businesses and visitors are likely to be among the matters addressed by the Barwon Regional Partnership.
Be part of the conversation by visiting https://engage.regions.vic.gov.au/barwon
Follow Barwon Regional Partnerships on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Barwon_RP
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford says, “Rural and regional Victorians are passionate and keen to develop their regions. We hope they’ll embrace this opportunity to be part of Victoria’s first Regional Assemblies.”
Barwon Regional Partnership Chair Kylie Warne says, “The Barwon Regional Partnership is building on the good work of our region’s civic, business and community organisations. We’re developing and directing our region’s unique priorities straight into the heart of the Victorian Government in a way that will help it to best support our region for the future.To do this, we’re seizing the opportunity to harness the good ideas and the passion of our local community to help test the framing of our regional priorities.”
Source: State government media release