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Continuing The Conversation With Gippsland Locals

16 August 2017

Representatives from the local community, industry and the Andrews Labor Government will come together tonight in Sale for the second annual Gippsland Regional Assembly.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the Assembly was an important opportunity to discuss the future of the region, its priorities, and the Labor Government’s ongoing partnership with local communities.

Last year’s inaugural Regional Assembly identified a range of priorities for the region, including better public transport, boosting the local food and fibre economy and developing a plan for tourism across the region.

The Gippsland Partnership has started seeing the results of its hard work, with the Labor Government investing to improve the region’s rail network and boost digital connectivity around the state.

Tonight’s Regional Assembly is an opportunity to identify further priorities, and consult Gippsland communities and businesses on what matters to them.

The Partnership held two mini assemblies in the lead up to tonight’s main event – at Leongatha on 24 July and at Lakes Entrance on 3 August.

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

The Gippsland Regional Assembly is the latest of nine assemblies taking place across Victoria. Regional Victorians are encouraged to register and have their say at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“I’m excited to be in Sale tonight to listen first-hand to what Gippslanders really want and need for their local communities to thrive.”

“Listening and responding to the needs of locals will get the best results for Gippsland – that’s why we’re here tonight.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

"Gippslanders have been front and centre in driving the momentum that is building across the region, and the Regional Assembly in Sale will continue this conversation within our communities, and help even more local views, suggestions and thoughts to shape our Victorian government's work.”

Quotes attributable to Gippsland Regional Partnership Chair Maree McPherson

“With two mini-assemblies already under our belt, we are really excited to get together again as a Partnership to continue the passionate conversation in Gippsland.”

“We are here to realise the vision of our locals and build on the good work already underway.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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