Continuing The Conversation With Barwon Locals

05 September 2017

Barwon locals have a chance to continue their conversation with the Andrews Labor Government, with community consultation leading up to the next Barwon Regional Assembly well underway.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford encouraged local residents to engage with the Barwon Regional Partnership ahead of its 2017 Regional Assembly, which will be held in Geelong on 14 September.

The Labor Government established nine Regional Partnerships last July, giving communities the opportunity to have their say on local matters and provide a direct voice into government decision-making.

Top priorities for the Barwon Regional Partnership included revitalising central Geelong, the Great Ocean Road visitor economy and digital learning for children and young people.

The Barwon Regional Partnership has already started seeing the results of its hard work, with the Labor Government announcing $11.7 million in upgrades for central Geelong and more than $500 million to improve regional roads, including the Great Ocean Road.

The region will also share in the $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program to support digital initiatives, while schools in the region will be the first to receive new virtual conferencing systems.

The Barwon Regional Partnership includes the City of Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe, Colac Otway Shire and Surf Coast Shire.

To register to attend or become part of the conversation online, visit

Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“Our 2017 Regional Assemblies are now well underway. We have had a great turn out across the state and we are now looking forward to the chance to hear from locals in the Barwon region.”

Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“The second Barwon Regional Assembly is an opportunity for the community to have their say about what matters most to our region.”

Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren

"We’re here to listen to the community and ensure families in the Barwon Region are getting the support they need.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“This is yet another important opportunity for our local communities to have direct input into government decision making. We know the best ideas come from listening and responding to locals and that’s exactly what we’ll do.”

Quote attributable to Barwon Regional Partnership Chair Kylie Warne

“We’re building on what we heard last year with new data and ideas. The conversation between government, business and the community continues at our Assembly so that our region evolves the way we want it to, ensuring it is a great place to live, work and visit.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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