Our Partnership and Region

Gippslanders know the opportunities and challenges facing their region better than anyone. The Gippsland Regional Partnership is your voice straight into the heart of the Victorian Government, and we give you the chance to tell us what you think really matters.

The Gippsland 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 opportunities and challenges faced by their region.

In the east of the state, our region covers a vast range of stunning landscapes including renowned Wilson's Promontory National Park and one of Australia's best known tourism experiences, the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.

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2017 Regional Assembly

In 2017, the Gippsland Regional Partnership held an Assembly in Sale, and two mini Assemblies in Leongatha and Lakes Entrance.

190 people attended our 2017 Gippsland Regional Assembly in August, with a further 140 at our mini Assemblies.

Each was a chance for local people to tell Partnership members and Government Ministers and representatives what is important to us.

The main topics discussed at the Assemby were:

  • Environment and Energy
  • Connectivity
  • Family and Community Wellbeing (including health)
  • New Jobs and Industry
  • Social Welfare
  • Energy and Resources
  • Food and Fibre

The Partnership is now considering all the information gathered at the Assembly, and through our wider engagement, and presenting this to Government to feed into the 2018/19 Budget process.

We still want to hear from you.

The 2017 Assembly may be over but we still want your views on how we can best transform our region.

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Your voice already making a difference

In 2016, following our Regional Assembly and consultation process, the Gippsland Regional Partnership prioritised securing funding for the development of a tourism plan for the region.

As a direct result of our efforts, the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Minister for Tourism John Eren announced $400,000 for the creation of a Gippsland Destination Management Plan while in Sale for the Assembly. The aim of the Plan is to revitalise Gippsland’s visitor economy, to make it more competitive, adaptive and diverse.

In 2016 alone, there were 5.2 million visitors to Gippsland, who contributed $781 million to the local economy. The Plan will be the first step in identifying opportunities to lift visitor numbers, improve the resilience and adaptive capacity of the region, as well as increase participation in arts, cultural, sporting and recreational activities.