The Andrews Labor Government has today welcomed the official opening of a new $450,000 research centre in Horsham to support infrastructure projects across the region.
A joint initiative of the Victorian Government, Regional Development Australia, Federation University Australia and Wimmera Development Association, the Regional Incubator for Social and Economic Research (RISER) will be located at Federation University’s campus in Horsham.
PhD students at the university will lead the projects and will be mentored by local community and business representatives.
RISER will undertake social and economic research to support cases for regional economic infrastructure priorities.
The collaborative United Kingdom research model is designed to build stronger, local communities and maximise the impact of infrastructure projects by partnering researchers with local government and business.
RISER will develop programs based on “rurality” that will strengthen the case for increased funding for the Grampians region. The research will also assist the newly formed Regional Partnerships in determining priorities.
Regional Development Australia is an Australian Government initiative that brings together all levels of government to enhance the development of Australia's regions.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“This exciting initiative will provide vital social and economic information about the Grampians region that will place it in the best possible position to determine its priorities.”
“RISER will also involve the community with the research reaffirming our support for building stronger communities and a more collaborative approach to regional government.“
“Regional Victoria deserves the best of everything and that is why we are getting on with supporting crucial projects like the incubator hub.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020