Ovens Murray locals now have an unprecedented chance to shape the future of their region.
Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, today announced the start of online consultation for the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership community ahead of their first Regional Assembly to be held in Benalla on November 30.
A new website recently launched by the Andrews Labor 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.
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 Ovens Murray Regional Partnership includes the Alpine Shire, Indigo Shire, Mansfield Shire, Towong Shire, Benalla Rural City, Wangaratta Rural City and Wodonga City.
Capitalising on the region’s tourism potential, increasing access to training, improving connections through transport and digital communications, strengthening health services and developing the region’s key industries are likely to be some of matters discussed by the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership.
Ovens Murray community members can register their interest in attending the assembly via the website, as well as having their say through online polls and forums.
Quote attributable to 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 Ovens Murray Regional Partnership Chair Irene Grant
“Regional Partnerships give communities the opportunity to talk about their hopes for the future and what is needed to make their region a better place.”
“I’m excited to be working together to identify our priorities so that we can tell government what is important to us as a region and I strongly encourage all interested to join our online conversation and register to attend our Ovens Murray Assembly.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020