Goulburn locals have a chance to continue their conversation with the Andrews Labor Government, with community consultation leading up to the next Goulburn Regional Assembly kicking off today.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford encouraged local residents to engage with the Goulburn Regional Partnership ahead of its 2017 Regional Assembly, which will be held in Seymour on 30 August.
The Labor Government established nine Regional Partnerships last July to enable communities to have their say on local matters and provide a direct voice into government decision-making.
Top priorities identified last year for Goulburn included agriculture and health, as well as support for peri urban growth, economic diversification, supporting young people and digital connectivity.
The Goulburn Regional Partnership has started seeing the results of its hard work with the Labor Government announcing a $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program to support digital initiatives.
The region has also received funding for a business case for the Munarra Centre of Excellence in the Goulburn Murray – a state-of- the art indigenous, sporting, cultural and education precinct.
The Labor Government has also announced funding to support the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID) master plan.
This year’s consultation and Regional Assembly will give the community a chance to build on the momentum already gained and share thoughts about local opportunities and challenges across every government portfolio.
The Goulburn Regional Partnership includes the shires of Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie and the City of Greater Shepparton.
Register to attend or become part of the conversation online by visiting www.engage.vic.gov.au/goulburn.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“Rural and regional Victorians are passionate to develop their regions. We hope they’ll embrace this opportunity to be part of Victoria’s Regional Assemblies.”
“This year’s Regional Assemblies are now well underway. We are hearing from Victoria’s rural and regional communities and we look forward to hearing from locals in the Goulburn region.”
Quotes attributable to Goulburn Regional Partnership Chair David McKenzie
“The Goulburn Regional Assembly is an opportunity for members of the community to have their say about priorities for our region.”
“We want to build on the work that’s been done, hear new ideas and dig deeper so that the government, the community and industry can collaborate for the benefit of the whole region.”