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 four 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.

Regional Roundtables

Each of the nine Regional Partnerships hosted a virtual roundtable over May/June to hear directly from community and business leaders across regional Victoria about the local impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The insights and evidence from the roundtables are helping us better understand the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on local communities and are paving the way for recovery through identifying the unique challenges and opportunities each region faces in driving social and economic recovery.

Working in collaboration with the Regional Partnerships, Victoria’s five regionally based Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees discussed place-based responses to local issues to align Victorian and national efforts across all three tiers of government.

You can read the outcomes of the Barwon roundtable session (PDF 538 KB) and we encourage your feedback below.

We want to hear from you.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on the outcomes of our Regional Roundtables. Please take a look at the playback document above and let us know what you think. Are there any issues we missed? Do you have ideas for potential actions that we mightn’t have thought of? Let us know – all feedback is welcome.

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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.