Wimmera Southern Mallee locals now have an unprecedented chance to shape the future of their region.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford opened online consultation for the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership members, ahead of its first Regional Assembly to be held in Horsham on 5 October.
A new website launched by the Andrews Labor Government today 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, Ministers, Members of Parliament and local government – coming together to discuss priorities for each region.
Wimmera Southern Mallee 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 straight to government through the new Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee, made up of seven members of Cabinet and chaired by Ms Pulford.
The Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership includes the shires of Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack and the Rural City of Horsham.
Expanding high-value agricultural production and strengthening government service provisions in health, education, aged care and disability are the types of issues which could be addressed by this Partnership.
Residents who need support to access the website should contact their local Council for assistance registering for the Assembly or contributing to the online consultation.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“The Andrews Labor Government is listening and we care about what is important to you. This is why the consultation process will give locals what they need – a chance to provide ideas and feedback right to the heart of government decision making.”
“Rural and regional Victorians are passionate and keen to develop their regions. We hope they will embrace this opportunity to be part of Victoria’s first Regional Assemblies.”
Quotes attributable to the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership Chair David Jochinke
“The Regional Assembly is part of the local region getting involved with setting objectives for the future of the Wimmera and Southern Mallee”.
“This will be a great opportunity for people in the Wimmera and Southern Mallee to shape the future of our local communities.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020