Representatives from the local community, industry and the Andrews Labor Government will come together tonight in Bendigo for the second annual Loddon Campaspe 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 improving digital connectivity and rail services, growing the regional economy, giving local kids the best start and promoting better health outcomes for locals.
The Loddon Campaspe Partnership has started seeing the results of its hard work, with the Labor Government announcing a $91 million upgrade to the Bendigo and Echuca rail lines.
The region will also receive $3.9 million in funding for the Bendigo Law Courts development and share in the $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program to support digital initiatives.
Tonight’s Regional Assembly is an opportunity to identify further priorities, and consult Loddon Campaspe communities and businesses on what matters most to them.
The 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 Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly is the latest of nine assemblies taking place across Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“I’m excited to be in Bendigo to listen to locals and hear what their communities need and how we can help.”
“Listening and responding to the needs of locals will get the best results for Loddon Campaspe Region – that’s why we’re here.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“We know the best ideas come from listening to you, the residents and locals across our region. This is another exciting opportunity to shape the future of Loddon Campaspe.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“Let’s continue where we started last year and get the ideas rolling. Locals know best and I can’t wait to hear the many ideas and views about what our region needs to thrive into the future.”
Quote attributable to Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership Chair Nigel McGuckian
“Following the 2016 Assembly, the Regional Partnership has been developing priority projects that will help to strengthen the Loddon Campaspe region, support its communities and help its businesses to grow. We look forward to reporting on this progress.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020