Our Partnership

The Barwon Regional Partnership is one of nine such Partnerships across the state, established by the Victorian Government, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.

Over the past two years, our Partnership has heard from thousands of people living and working in Barwon, including through three Regional Assemblies.

We've taken your voice to the heart of the Victorian Government, and we look forward to hearing from you going forward.

2018 Regional Assembly

Our 2018 Regional Assembly was held on Thursday 19 July in Wallington on the Bellarine Peninsula.

It was an opportunity to hear what the Partnership has achieved to date, and for participants to add their thoughts on our priorities under the themes of Young People Are Our Future, The Economy We Need and Pride in our Place (Coastal Infrastructure and Housing for All).

It was great to see so many people there and to hear the depth of conversation.

We still want to hear from you.

The 2018 Assembly may be over but we still want to hear your views on our top priorities and how we can continue to shape our region.

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Regional Profile

Our region spans spectacular and diverse landscapes from the Otway forests, scenic coastline, rich farmland and urbanised areas including Victoria’s biggest regional city, Geelong.

Just over a quarter of a million people live here – almost half are under 35 – and this region is growing rapidly and increasingly is sought after as a preferred holiday destination by Australians and international visitors.

The Barwon region’s civic, business and community organisations have a rich history and an inclusive way of developing visions, strategies and plans – for our people, our economy and our environment.

Fast Facts

  • Gross Regional Product of $13.1 billion
  • Population of 281,600
  • The value of imports and exports handled annually by the Port of Geelong is $6 billion
  • More than 8% of people speak a language other than English at home.