Our Partnership

The Goulburn Regional Partnership started work in 2016, and since then has been committed to understanding the challenges and advancing the opportunities of the Goulburn region.

Our priorities cover areas including agriculture, economic development, peri-urban growth, connectivity, children and young people, and health and wellbeing.

In this time, outcomes for the Goulburn region have included:

  • $312.9 million for upgrades to the Shepparton rail line to support VLocity trains
  • $23 million to establish the Munarra Centre of Regional Excellence in the Goulburn Murray, a state of the art indigenous, sporting, cultural and education precinct
  • Funding to develop a masterplan for the Barmah National Park, focusing on business opportunities for Yorta Yorta Traditional Owners
  • Funding to develop a renewable energy strategy for the Hume region
  • Funding to develop a strategy to increase employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal people in natural resource management
  • $43.5 million for additional rail services between Shepparton and Seymour
  • $10.2 million for the Shepparton bypass offering better east west connections
  • Funding to unlock agriculture productivity within the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District

Over the past two years, our Partnership has heard from thousands of people living and working in Goulburn, 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 Wednesday 18 July in Shepparton.

This is our community’s chance to help shape the region’s future. Come and hear what has been achieved, and help us tackle some of the hard questions still facing our region.


Have your say on our top priorities

We know the Goulburn region is a great place to live and work, but we are committed to long-term change and we know that there are areas where hard questions need to be asked.

We would like to know your ideas for some of these areas now to help us get the most from this year’s Regional Assembly.

Unemployment

Goulburn’s unemployment rate is 5.85%, with particular barriers faced by young people and those returning to the workforce.

What could be done to reduce stubborn unemployment and help get young people and long-term unemployed in to work?

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20 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Recognise there is a problem and it isn’t laziness. This region has been in decline for 15-20 years. Industry lost...and opportunity with it”

20 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Government investment in new large scale industries ”

18 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Investment in new industry development in regions with high unemployment. Create avenues of opportunity and the benefits are accumulative. ”

18 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Give them a vision of what life could be like and ask them what they really wanted to do as a kid. Then develop a matched mentor program. ”

12 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Build more regional universities”

12 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Your question has a negative view. Are there jobs for these unemployment groups? If yes then these groups need skills/confidence building”

10 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“engage them around Youth Programs that link with social enterprise initiatives - look at the work the social enterprise ACRE in Beechworth”

9 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“It is critical that strong supports are made available to job seekers. It is not enough to train people without addressing other concerns”

7 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Support nature-based tourism & transition from “timber to tourism”. Logging provides no jobs and is contributing to the decline of our town.”

6 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The land of opportunity starts with your own initiative. Work is out there, you just have to want it!”

6 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“If no full time available, part time is still better for self esteem, opening corridors for more opportunity. Start earning your own living.”

6 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Find ways to get trades and real work activities incorporated into our education system from early schooling, not just the final years. ”

Access to Transport

We know many people in the Goulburn region face barriers in obtaining safe and timely transport, including public transport.

What could be done to support at risk people in Goulburn to safely get to where they need to be?

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20 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“? At risk people? This is a strange question that sounds very engineered for particular outcome. ”

12 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Connect smaller surrounding towns to shepparton with a proper bus system”

12 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Expand hours and access to public transport to allow people to get to work and home. Expand parking at train station & train express to Melb”

9 July, 2018

Debaroo says:

“Access to transport is focused on main towns. It is important to support small communities by providing cross town transport”

7 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Trial electric buses to take people between shopping centres, train stations, rural villages, markets, and even things like planting days!”

6 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“I believe we should develop an extensive, free public transport network in all our society starting with the current public transport networ”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“I don't travel very often on public transport but when I do it's very comforting to have VLine staff at the ticket counter and on trains”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“more information available to the public e.g. how to guides, how to get to A-B - not everyone catches public transport every day ”

4 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Get serious about the drug problem and start locking up the people who are selling it ”

29 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“I refuse to use public transport. It feels unsafe. ”

25 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More cost effective and more train times. People would definitely use the trains more then ”

25 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Funding provided to services for 'taxi/bus' cards? More bus timetables, friendly, and more lights in buss/waiting areas”

Digital Connectivity

Many areas in the Goulburn region have difficulty in obtaining reliable and affordable internet options, making it difficult to study, do business, or stay connected.

What would make the biggest difference in supporting the Goulburn region to get online?

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12 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Too many locations with bad/slow to no mobile communications access (inc. internet). NBN waste of money as will never reach my home/business”

9 July, 2018

Debaroo says:

“There is a real need for affordable connectivity to bridge the gap and allow access for all”

7 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Curated Digital Work Hubs that workers can remotely work from - new connections, new jobs, less travel & new life in the town.”

7 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Financial support to local councils to run regular “Tech Savvy Seniors” workshops. ”

6 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Age old problem. The better the infrastructure, the more people will use it the less reliable it becomes. Good luck with that. ;)”

4 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Less betting ”

29 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Cheaper prepaid internet would assist the unemployed with job seeking. Maybe job network sites can be accessed without data ”

25 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Eliminate the black spots. ”

25 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Free wifi in the CBD? ”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Free wifi hubs at riverside and marketplace. Library needs to open before 10am... how is that aspiring a hard working culture. Open 7am-7pm.”

19 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Forget about the NBN and start looking at satellite internet instead”

Children and Young People

Many of our children and young people are not achieving developmental milestones, or skills necessary to enable them to achieve their potential later in life. They are also facing barriers to completing education, family dysfunction, bullying and mental health.

What are some of the ways that we can support families, children and young people in the Goulburn region to be happy and healthy?

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19 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Evidence based investment rather than flimsy programs lacking measurable outcomes & accountability. Lobby groups are dominating area voice”

13 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Community approach to raising children.”

12 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“As the region has closed a lot of mental health services then I guess I'm not surprised and not sure what councils are thinking?”

9 July, 2018

Debaroo says:

“The family unit must be supported to address the issues of mental health and substance abuse in a timely fashion. It is too sporadic ”

6 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Get them off their electronics and into the real world, where people learn to constructively communicate and build communities”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“kids are falling through the gaps in schools and parents aren't aware and/or don't help the situation, for some it's not seen as important”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More support / resources are needed for kids in care, especially Aboriginal children. All these funded positions and where are they?”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Supporting families with doing early literacy programs in the library, making sure they are cultraly safe as well.”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“engageing with the Aboriginal community to be more invovled in their childs learning in a culturally safe way?”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Are the kindergartens doing cultural activitity to hook the Aboriginal children in? linking with Aboriginal community?”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“increase in family friendly spaces e.g. play centers, outdoor play grounds, activities to promote positive social connectedness”

29 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More individual supports focusing on students wellbeing. There needs to be better support services for children with chronic illness in educ”

Healthy Lifestyles

The data tells us that some areas of Goulburn face barriers to embracing a healthy lifestyle, such as physical activity and access to nutritious food and even increased substance abuse and incidents of violent crime.

How can we support all people in Goulburn to live safe and healthy lives?

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19 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Greater shepp touts itself as a sporting centre yet our health outcomes are very poor?Is the whole community benefiting from huge $ in sport”

12 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Skill gaps between access to fresh veg and putting it on the plate. Parents working longer hours to afford to live not allowing time to cook”

12 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The new sporting precincts are great, but some need to rethink their parking options. Toilet facilities along rail trails with signage”

9 July, 2018

Debaroo says:

“Providing access to water fountains and healthy eating options at restaurants and pubs”

7 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The connection between depression, stress and climate change in rural areas is well known. Support for local climate resilience is needed.”

7 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Move from logging to tourism, and allow people access to new mountain biking and hiking trails in the Strathbogie Ranges. ”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“I worry about my children's safety and wellbeing - children bring knives/blades to school now and the teachers have no idea”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“there's limited support and resources available for people who want to go into rehab - no help for families dealing with it”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“introduce a system whereby community members can anonymously report suspicious behavior - raise community awareness ”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“support community garden initiatives and implement healthy cooking or family friendly meal cooking classes - not everyone knows how to cook”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“make outdoor parks and tracks multi-function e.g. exercise circuits along walking tracks and in parks”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“the whole community actively promotes positive social norms and behaviors e.g. no tolerance to bad attitudes or behaviors ”

Improving Wellbeing

We know some people in the region face social isolation and mental health issues, which can have huge impact on their lives.

What could help support wellbeing in Goulburn communities to ensure that we are connected and healthy?

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20 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Fragmented service systems with funded programs under agency names. Who would know what they do? Where to gO? Fix the system. ”

17 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“easy to understand steps/pathways for individuals to seek help - not everyone is aware of what to do, who to see and where to go”

17 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“English speaking doctors who know the local area and referral pathways, patients are giving up because they are frustrated with their doctor”

13 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Additional services and opportunities to find their own place in the community. Reduce stereotypes an increase acceptance.”

13 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Grass roots programs and organisations that support them. Empower people to believe they are able to make a change”

12 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The intercultural activities are great, but better promotion as local papers show events after they have occurred and often wish I'd known”

7 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The connection between depression, stress and climate change is well known. Support for local climate resilience planning is required.”

7 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Exercise is key. Provide outdoor spaces for people to move their bodies and breathe (instead of taking every last scrap of forest for logs).”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“paediatrcians we need more in the area, you have to travel in order to get one. and the waiting time is long when you need one now.”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“need more support from meical centres I find it hard to book in for mental health issues for my children there is always a wait.”

5 July, 2018

Anonymous says:

“more easily accessible services available for all ages and raise community awareness about mental health - break the stigma”

29 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Mental health services only focus on the extreme cases. Intervention before crisis is needed. Based away from wanyarra. ”