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 two Regional Assemblies.

We've taken your voice to the heart of the Victorian Government, and we look forward to hearing from you in 2018.

2018 Regional Assembly

Our next Regional Assembly will be on Thursday 19 July in Wallington on the Bellarine Peninsula.

This is your chance to help shape the future of our region. Come and hear what the Partnership has been doing and has achieved, and add your thoughts on our priorities under our themes of Young People Are Our Future, The Economy We Need and Pride in our Place.

Register here for the 2018 Regional Assembly.

Whether you're attending the Assembly or not, we'd love to hear your thoughts on what would make a difference to you and the communities in our region (to note – we added an additional question at the base of the survey on 22nd June. If you are returning to this page, please feel free to answer the additional question on homelessness).


Have your say on our top priorities


Young People are our Future

The transition for young people from childhood through adolescence to adulthood is complex and needs strong family and community support.

How can we ensure that ALL of our young people thrive and are well prepared for their future?

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11 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Not all young people fit the mould of traditional education. More Tech based schools would be advantageous to those who are more hands on. ”

2 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“schools are bursting full, so we need to build modern state of the art schools including Oberon High school that cater for future needs.”

30 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Presenting positive content their lives, achievements & aspirations. Providing post secondary study/career pathways in priority industries”

29 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Engage them on local environmental and social impacts, actions they can work towards, and support them with their project ideas.”

27 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“schools are bursting full, so we need to build modern state of the art schools including Oberon High school that cater for future needs.”

26 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“By valuing them ... to learn about themselves and others ... to feel at home & secure in their own communities & throughout the region.”

24 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Stop giving kids at 16 all Legal rights and let parents parent their kids Who has to pick the pieces when they get into trouble! ”

23 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Young people need to be able to access services through a frequent and reliable public transport network that extends into the evening.”

23 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Tax multiple property ownership harder. It’s not affordable to buy a property, and therefore it’s not an achievable aspiration. ”

22 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Give us a Bellarine to live in and be proud of. Stop inappropriate development to preserve our lifestyle and environment ”

22 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We should be consulting with the young people themselves. They know better than anyone what they want and need for their futures. ”

20 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Better connectivity ”


The Economy We Need

The Barwon region will soon have access to competitive new infrastructure including an international airport in Avalon; enhancements to the Great Ocean Road; initiatives within the Geelong City Deal that includes a new Convention and Exhibition Centre for Geelong; and a growing global University in Deakin. With a fast train to Melbourne also on the horizon, and more to come, now is the time to consider how we are placed to compete in the economy of the future.

How do you think the planned infrastructure will prepare us for the future?

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11 July, 2018

JackieM says:

“With the huge housing growth on the Surf Coast and Bellarine more public transport between the two would reduce the congestion on the roads.”

3 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Dedicated infrastructure for fast cycle commuting will mitigate against future road and parking congestion as Geelong grows.”

26 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Geelong's natural & cultural heritage, including Wadawurrun heritage, will promote pride of place and help build our visitor economy. ”

23 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Higher density CBD living, medium density suburban hubs with frequent buses. A Geelong Metro to outer towns and any new residential areas.”

23 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“A high speed rail via Avalon is vital. It should only take us 30-40 minutes to commute, but the new line takes 1 hour at least. ”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“planned infrastructure around access to port and an international airport at Avalon will be vital to the region”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Commerce and delivery of all goods relies on transport and in particular, roads. It cannot be all about rail b must be integrated”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The Bellarine needs better public transport and better accessibility for seniors who often have difficulty using public transport.”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“There is a disconnect between residential development and transport infrastructure. Developers must address infrastructure before building”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We need much improved peak time rail access to and from Melbourne now to meet demand. The current system is failing.”

17 June, 2018

ShanoSue says:

“A great plan needs to include all ages a focus on arts and social connections . Looking to encourage medium business like cities in Europe ”

17 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“growth at all costs destroys quality of life. the only ones to benefit are the developers and their mates on the council.”

From your perspective, what do you think is missing or is a gap?

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10 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“There is a serious gap in the cycling/walking network between Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove. It has been on the wish list for too long”

26 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Appreciation of the region's CBD & towns, but also of the important natural and farming districts between them.”

23 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Attract major new economy employers/govt departments, revitalise suburban centres, invest in public transport throughout Geelong region. ”

23 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Affordability. People more to Geelong for it, but we pay more for public transport for an equal time trip (Hustbridge) than metro Melbourne”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Agribusiness”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“COGG lacks awareness of heritage-based tourism employment, economic benefits. Too much divestment of our heritage - Gaol, P.O. ”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Bernard Kelly, of Birdwood Publishing, says Geelong is slipping behind the rest of Australia because the city remains so very Anglo. ”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“A master plan that is not easily changed by political change. Think big as history shows growth is greater than planned”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Good public transport accessible for seniors.”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Developers trash infrastructure by tempting Councils with enhanced rate revenue from too many houses on tiny blocks. Councils need a code.”

17 June, 2018

ShanoSue says:

“Lots of 50 + people are moving to the Bellarine however the facilities to suit people of that age group are very poor . very small buildings”

17 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Bellarine needs its own council again due to the rapid growth”

What have you seen elsewhere regarding the economy that the Barwon region can learn from?

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26 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Cultural & environmental education & low impact tourism ... eg Gariwerd-Grampians' Brambuk Centre at Halls Gap or Eden Project in Cornwall.”

23 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“New Zealand. Scandinavia. Focus on sustainability sector, invest in community services. ”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Agribusiness is on all regional partnerships except Barwon. Agribusiness in the G21 Region produces $1,091 million of value-add.”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“In Central Europe, hospitality & accommodation are booming based on making their culture, heritage and environment accessible to visitors.”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Examples in Europe that are exemplars Get out, travel and see what is working. Regional cities should be economic zones to build jobs”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Japan has extensively adopted the floor area ratio in the zoning system since 1970. Poor Plot ratios favour developers not residents”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Look at how the federation systems in Switzerland and Canada work. They have lots of larger cities not just massive primates. Cantons in p”

Pride in our Place

The Barwon region has extraordinary natural assets including a coastline the envy of the world; Victoria’s regional capital city, and a network of flourishing rural and coastal townships. Maintaining our coast and coastal infrastructure, improving regional connections through adequate transport services and improving housing options and affordability so everyone has a place to live are critical.

What is working well with our region's transport connections, coastal infrastructure management and housing?

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3 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Not working well is the lack of link between population growth areas and increased need for public transport, road and cycling paths to CBD”

23 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“These areas still poor. Geelong Metro (like Bendigo), buses to midnight, affordable/high density in inner city and West Fyans.”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Bus services are getting better, Geelong ring road is great, tourism is still a immature shallow experience, low rentals need to be built”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We are having to play catch up and in some cases that's the way it will be. Ring road is our best example of creating a solution”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Ferry is working well”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Coastal Infrastructure management is driven by tourist dollars & not the amenity for locals. Railway to Torquay rather than shops for touris”

17 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Nothing- regional transport is non existent. Unreliable and no where near appropriate to the needs of the community”

17 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Bellarine peninsular effectively has no public transport as the connections and timetabling is so poor. ”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Population growth in the CoGG is booming -a very good news story. But how we are dealing with it (challenges and opportunities) is hopeless”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Our coastline won't be 'the envy of the world' if your organisation keeps pushing for growth.”

How can we increase the pride in our place?

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3 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“An iconic festival ”

3 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Increase local employment for local kids.”

3 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Keep improving streetscapes, parks and public infrastructure.”

23 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Extend Surf Coast walk from Queenscliff to Port Campbell, linking in Great Ocean Walk. Frequent GOR bus services to reduce traffic. ”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Its about branding "Tassie the Clean Green State" Yarra Valley Food Experience" .........Geelong needs a single brand to promote”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Help sustain communities with arts and cultural projects, engage all Age levels and genders in common purposes - to enhance their places.”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Don't force it. It's already happening. Its all about people, attitude and perception. Promote the positives, ignore the dream stealers”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Support and foster Neighbourhood houses and community centres”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Went to funeral on the South Coast where 200 balloons were released to float out into the Bass Strait - Education /Bans required”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Homelessness is increasing in our region - we need to ensure housing is available and affordable. We need more social and public housing.”

17 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“free waste disposal at tips to prevent fly tipping”

17 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Cleaning of public places , less rubbish lying around. Slash grass in parks such as Point Edwards reserve, grass in summer is waist high.”

What have you seen elsewhere that enhances community pride that the Barwon region can learn from?

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20 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Win awards for ideas and implementations. Nothing demonstrates a can-do attitude more than a string of awards. ”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Waterfront infrastructure similar to Newcastle and Fremantle, walking and bike links from Geelong Grammer to Bellerine Rail trail”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“In Tassie and New Zealand its clever branding and promotion under a single message”

18 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Post summer beach rubbish cleanups in Southern California.”

What can we do to address homelessness in Barwon and ensure that everyone has an affordable and safe place to live?

Additional Question, added 22nd June

1 July, 2018

TinyHomePete says:

“Change state planning laws to allow sustainable Tiny Home micro village communities to exist so friends can live securely and affordably.”