Putting People First In Our Mallee Region

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first across our Mallee Region as the community gathers in Mildura tonight to discuss its top issues.

The Regional Assembly is the next step in the Mallee Regional Partnership’s engagement with community, industry and government – providing an opportunity to flesh out ideas about what the region needs most.

In the lead up to the Assembly, the Mallee Partnership posed questions to locals through a new website, generating hundreds of ideas.

People identified education, training and employment opportunities for youth and disadvantaged families, improvements to child care services, as well as better mental health and drug rehabilitation services as key issues.

Digital and transport connectivity as well as the natural environment, tourism opportunities and recreational lifestyle assets were also key issues raised during online consultation.

Members of the local community and industry will join local council and government representatives at the Assembly for a discussion about the region’s most pressing priorities and set a roadmap on how to achieve them.

The Assembly will be an annual event that plays a key role in the new regional governance model, giving Regional Partnerships the chance to consult face-to-face on local priorities before directing them straight into the heart of government.

Following the Assembly, a summary of the outcomes, ideas and recommendations will be published online, and Mallee Regional Partnership Chair Win Scott will brief the Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee on priorities for the region.

Each of Victoria’s nine Regional Partnerships will hold an Assembly before the end of the year. Regional Victorians are encouraged to have their say about what matters to them at www.engage.regions.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“We’re here to listen and we’re here to put people first across the Mallee region.”

“This is a real chance for the region to deliver their ideas straight into the heart of government decision making.”

Quote attributable to Mallee Regional Partnership Chair Win Scott

The members of the Mallee Regional Partnership are looking forward to a vibrant and lively discussion. The attendees at the assembly will come from across north-west Victoria, so we are sure to capture a range of views.”