Central Highland locals are invited to help shape the future of their region with the launch of online consultation today.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced the start of online consultation for the Central Highlands Regional Partnership community ahead of their first Regional Assembly to be held in Ballarat on November 15.
A new website recently launched by the Andrews Labor Government now gives people living, working and studying in Central Highlands the chance to share their thoughts on local opportunities and challenges that span every government portfolio.
Each of the nine Regional Partnerships will host an assembly involving at least 100 people, including community members, government representatives and local government, to discuss priorities for each region.
They can also use the website to register their interest in attending the Central Highlands Regional Assembly.
Following the assemblies, each Partnership will deliver key recommendations straight into the heart of government through the new Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee made up of seven members of Cabinet and chaired by Ms Pulford.
The Central Highlands Regional Partnership includes the shires of Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees, as well as the City of Ballarat and Ararat Rural City.
Capitalising on tourism opportunities, and ideas and actions that will make the region an even greater place to live – driving jobs and economic growth – are likely to be among the issues addressed by the Central Highlands Regional Partnership.
Quote attributable to the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“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.”
Quotes attributable to Central Highlands Regional Partnership Chair George Fong
“Regional Partnerships provide our region with a unique opportunity to have meaningful and continuing conversations – between our communities and with government.”
“It's about what matters to us and what we think are priorities that will make our lives better.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020