Our Partnership

The Central Highlands 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 Central Highlands, 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 2018 Regional Assembly was held on Thursday 14 June in Ballarat.

It was an opportunity to hear what the Partnership has achieved to date, and for participants to add their thoughts on our top priorities — energy (new and renewable), health, digital connectivity, agriculture, and social welfare and community (homelessness).

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


Have your say on our top priorities

Energy

What ideas do you have to stimulate economic growth and community benefit for the Central Highlands as we transition towards a zero net emissions economy utilising affordable and reliable renewable energy. What are the most important and pressing issues to consider?

11 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Economic and population growth require forward planning. No place for reactive planning or market solutions.”

8 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Make solar mandatory in new housing and extensive renovations. ”

1 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Recycling our own waste in Australia (Ballarat) rather than sending it offshore”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Stop Solar companies over selling and under delivering. Make battery technology more accessible (education) and affordable.”

24 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More free recycling places. ”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Treasonous Incorporation destroy Australia through lies & invasions upon our once protected nation which gives us all life!!!”

Strengthening Prevention Efforts to Improve the Health of Our Communities

With a focus on healthier eating and active living, what actions can you identify that would improve health outcomes for communities across the region?

11 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“1.Regulatory controls on manufactured foods. 2. Local opportunities for engaging activity: pre-school to retired ”

8 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Work towards a Happiness Index rather than measuring our success through GDP.”

4 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“To encourage active living a much larger, much more modern play space is required in Teesdale. Population is getting bigger, more families. ”

3 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Healthy choices program to recognise restaurant/cafe w/healthier options ie Veges, smaller portions. No sugar drinks @ public hosp/schools.”

28 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“encourage footpath gardens as social inclusion and harvest potential. Build up various performance schools as activities like dance clubs.”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“My Age Care and the NDIS needs to be more accessible with funding to really help people and not just a token gesture.”

25 May, 2018

MelindaTant says:

“Encouraging & supporting medical practitioners to provide education on holistic approaches to health, lifestyle & wellbeing.”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Encouraging & supporting medical practitioners to provide education on holistic approaches to health, lifestyle & wellbeing.”

24 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More charity fun runs/events. Free exercise classes - lunchtime ones in central locations like the hospital ”

Addressing the Digital Divide

Regional Victorians are disadvantaged in terms of their access to, affordability of, and ability to use digital services. What needs to happen in your community to address the digital divide?

11 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Immediate reaction is "provide cafes" Disadvantage is more complex. Address matters impacting on housing, families, education”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Regulate service providers to offer affordable packages to householders.”

25 May, 2018

MelindaTant says:

“Open an internet cafe where people can gain personal & confidential assistance from reputable, trustworthy & knowledgeable IT users”

Maximising Opportunities for Agriculture

What opportunities are there to improve support and services offered to our Premium Produce Enterprises across the region?

28 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“improve rail access for food and stock and goods. and use of compost and local fertiliser..build a cycle not just a delivery point. ”

28 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Provide guidance notes on existing land use planing zones (i.e. rural living) to support the use of smaller land areas for agriculture. ”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Stop Live Sheep export and slaughter and package here. This will create more employment in this industry. ”

25 May, 2018

MelindaTant says:

“Develop a local primary producer cooperative where producers can share knowledge & resources & gain support & assistance.”

Understanding Homelessness

Help us to develop an appropriate long term response to the challenge of homelessness in your community and our Region. Tell us how homelessness is impacting your community.

8 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Start with the premise that some people just can't adult and work from there.”

3 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Affordable housing is a growing concern for Victoria & homelessness is a consequence of this & other things. Needs system wide response. ”

28 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“I think the involvement of those groups with large mostly unused spaces, like churches and community halls need to be opened for temporary.”

26 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“There needs a greater emphasis on early intervention and support. The re needs to be an increase in rental help ”

26 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Less full time jobs result in people not being able to pay rent, bills etc. underemployment. lack of services for mental health sufferers.”

25 May, 2018

MelindaTant says:

“Providing a platform for homeless people to share their personal stories to improve human connection, empathy & understanding & reduce fear.”