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 four years, our Partnership has heard from thousands of people living and working in Central Highlands, 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 Central Highlands roundtable session (PDF 1.3 MB) 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.

3 September, 2018

Anonymous says:

Lismore, Victoria needs more direct public transport accessibility to/from Geelong/Melbourne. A railway link is ideal to attract growth/job.

Regional profile

Our region spans the east-west transport corridor connecting Melbourne to western Victoria.

The region’s bustling major centre, Ballarat has the fastest growing population of any regional city in Victoria, while our region also takes in Ararat Rural City in the west, the mineral springs at Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh in the east and Bannockburn in the south.

Fast facts

  • Gross Regional Product of $7.5 billion
  • Population of more than 186,500
  • 20% of jobs are in the accommodation, food service and retail trade industries