Fresh Faces, Broad Skills For Loddon Campaspe Partnership

Inspiring volunteers, passionate regional education and health advocates, hard-working local business people and champions of cultural diversity are among the new members of the first Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford congratulated the nine successful applicants who were today appointed the community and business members of the Partnership. They were chosen for their broad skills and experience, know-how and ability to positively contribute to the development of their communities.

Regional Partnerships are also being established in Barwon, Central Highlands, Gippsland, Goulburn, Great South Coast, Ovens Murray, Mallee and Wimmera Southern Mallee, to give rural and regional Victorians greater say about what matters to them and direct regional priorities straight into the heart of government decision making.

Mr Nigel McGuckian, who has extensive experience in management consulting and a member of many not-for-profit boards, has been appointed Chair of the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership. Mrs Marnie Baker, Chief Customer Officer for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, will be Deputy Chair. The other members include:

  • Prof Richard Speed, Pro Vice Chancellor (Regional), La Trobe University
  • Dr Kate Burke, Managing Director, Think Agri
  • Mr David Richardson, Manager Regional Partnerships, Deakin University (Bendigo)
  • Ms Robyn Lindsay, Executive Director (Acute Health), Bendigo Health
  • Ms Margot Spalding, Telstra Business Woman of the Year recipient and co-founder, Jimmy Possum
  • Ms Carolyn Wallace, Regional Director, Anglicare Victoria (Loddon Mallee)
  • Mr Rodney Carter, Group CEO, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

The community members will be joined by local council CEOs, Regional Development Australia representatives and senior Victorian government officials.

Improving productivity, infrastructure and job creation, boosting growth in local agriculture, food processing and other local industries, and improving health and education outcomes will be among the issues tackled by the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership.

As Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership Chair, Mr McGuckian will also sit on Victoria’s Regional Development Advisory Committee, working with the other Partnership Chairs on cross-regional issues and opportunities.

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Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“Regional Partnerships are a game changer – we have appointed people as members who are passionate about their region and who will think out of the box to strengthen local communities and economies.”

 “The successful applicants for membership of the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership are from diverse backgrounds, with a range of experience and an ability to collaborate across community and industry groups.”

 Quotes attributable to Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership Chair Nigel McGuckian

“The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership needs to grasp opportunities arising from an expectation of strong population growth over the next 20 years.”

”Growth needs to be well planned, complement the wonderful appeal and diversity of our region and it needs to be inclusive.”

“The Loddon Campaspe regional partnership will have a strong voice through listening to community and business.”