Putting People First In Our Central Highlands Region

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

The Regional Assembly is the next step in the Central Highlands 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 Central Highlands Partnership posed questions to locals through a new website, generating hundreds of ideas.

People identified improved transport infrastructure to connect communities and enable business development, viable community services and secure, long-term and sustainable energy options as their top priorities.

Members of the community and industry will join local council and government representatives at the Assembly for a discussion about the region’s most pressing priorities and to set out 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 Central Highlands Regional Partnership Chair George Fong 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

Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“We’re here to listen and we’re here to put the people across our Central Highlands region first. This is a real chance for the region to deliver their ideas straight into the heart of government decision making.”

Quote attributable to Central Highlands Regional Partnership Chair George Fong

“This is an extraordinary opportunity we have been entrusted with as a community – the power to gather the collective wisdom of a region and to be crystal clear with our elected leaders about what we know needs to happen in the Central Highlands.”