Our Partnership

The Great South Coast 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 Great South Coast, 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 Wednesday 13 June in Hamilton.

It was an opportunity to hear what the Partnership has achieved to date, and for participants to add their thoughts on our top priorities — the economy, health and community, education, transport, and culture and environment.

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


Have your say on our top priorities

Strong and diverse regional economy with more local jobs

Partnership Priority: Invest in our future economic strengths by developing our tourism attractions such as the Great Ocean Road and Budj Bim, supporting Great South Coast food and fibre sector, as well as attracting people to live in our region and providing industry with energy certainty and security.

What is needed to make the region or your town economically strong?

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Baimbridge College is in desperate need of updating. It is the only public secondary school and is overdue for a bit of TLC”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The government need to value country kids and their education and stop expecting them to perform in substandard facilities.”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“I believe that our only public Secondary School deserves to have funding to update the buildings and work spaces for students and teachers. ”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“To continue to attract companies to the region which will drive employment and economic benefits. ”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Baimbridge College desperately needs the governments financial assistance in bringing our school into the 21st century. NOW not TMW.”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Protect and expand native vegetation communities, including roadsides Develop low cost housing options in small villages connected to NBN”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Baimbridge college need HELP! Putting bandaids on aging 1970s buildings is not a solution to funding. Over looked ,undervalued & unfunded :(”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The Hamilton and district urgently requires a huge infrastructure upgrade to it's public secondary school - Baimbridge College! Now!”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Baimbridge College Hamilton deserves to be on your agenda please. Sadly forgotten and overlooked many times it requires upgrading urgently!”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Bainbridge College is in need of facilitie upgrades and the funding to do so. To go along with the bright students and great staff. ”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Baimbridge College is repeatedly promised then reneged upon....as the only public secondary school in the town, it needs upgrading urgently.”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Our local High School Baimbridge College needs funding to keep up maintenance and upgrading of their facilities. They keep getting forgotten”

Attractive, safe, vibrant and liveable community

Partnership Priority: Invest in health and well-being of our communities through improving our health facilities and tackling lifestyle diseases, substance use, suicide and family violence.

What is needed in the region or for your town to be a safe and healthy community?

14 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Facilities to cater for disengaged students that have fallen through the cracks in mainstream education. Increase employment, reduce crime. ”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Sports facilities that cater for the diversity of activities now on offer. ”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Encourage resident participation in community ideas to develop a strong neighbourhood similar to the old neighbourhood watch.”

11 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“An opportunity to provide meaningful input into state and national initiatives and be provided with resources to implement locally.”

11 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We need to take a regional approach to managing our waste from manufacturing to retail to household consumption and disposal”

9 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Provide incentives and more support for GPs to encourage moving to the region. There are too many registrars and not enough experienced drs”

6 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Protect and improve our natural environment. Time spent in nature correlates strongly with increased physical and mental health.”

6 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More to be done for the neglected sector - those living in poverty. More appropriate services, particularly for children/young people.”

5 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“There is always room for more investment in health. Sadly, the federal govt doesnt think so. Farmers Health a big plus here.”

3 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“For Local Governments in the region to vote against oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight. The risk to tourism, fisheries is too great.”

30 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Invest in facilities at Alexandra Park in Portland - could be a vibrant sporting hub if the right investment was made ”

30 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Improved mental health services and prevention strategies, access to women's health services, crisis services for family violence victims. ”

Accessible, quality education and training

Partnership Priorities: Invest in education and skills development of our community to improve education attainment and access to university, vocational training and special development, as well to foster pathways to higher education and employment and provide for a skilled workforce that meets the demands of the future.

What is needed in the region or your town to strengthen educational, training and learning opportunities for all ages and community needs?

14 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Providing alternative learning facilities for teenagers to gain formal education in turn increasing employment opportunities, reduce crime. ”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Investment in public education to provide safe learning environments that engage, inspire and excite students as promised. ”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Continue building on the facilities already in place and striving to keep standards high to allow all students to shine”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Baimbridge College provides quality education and deserves the facilities to deliver it. The school continues to be overlooked. Upgrade now!”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Baimbridge college need HELP! Putting bandaids on aging 1970s buildings is not a solution to funding. Over looked ,undervalued & unfunded :(”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Jobs for young people finishing training/ apprenticeships, so we can retain a younger population not have them moving away!! ”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We need jobs for those trained to enter into not having to do FIFO rosters as plumbers, electricians, technicians because there isn’t work!!”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Bainbridge college, desperately needs funds to upgrade. The school community is so passionate about our only public secondary school. ”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Baimbridge College needs the promised, but never received funds, to continue to give students the best opportunites to shine”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Why has Baimbridge College once again not received funding after being told they would. Why are our children not important enough!”

12 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Address Baimbridge College not receiving funding when told they would 5 times now. Why are we not good enough? Safe seat = forgotten ”

11 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Young families need to be a focus Re future infrastructure. There are no to minimal safe familycare spaces in the Hamilton CBD!!”

Better roads, transport and infrastructure as enablers for prosperity, safety and liveability

Partnership Priorities: Invest in enabling physical infrastructure through upgrades of our road and rail networks, public transport and improved economic and digital infrastructure.

What types of infrastructure is needed to support and connect the region or your town to support growth?

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“A large multi purpose building which can be utilised to showcase the arts and culture of the area which will attract more tourism.”

11 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Improve bus service connections to main railway stations. Divert heavy transport away from town centers. Upgrade roads to safe standard.”

9 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Improve roads to withstand heavy vehicles, improve rail to support freight, passing lanes on Hamilton Hwy, duplication of Princes Hwy west”

8 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Improved roads through the Western District. eg Hamilton to Portland, Hamilton to Warrnambool and most of the Hamilton Highway.”

5 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Passenger rail to Portland is a no brainer.”

3 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Continue upgrade of Princes Highway to SA border. Improve rail and bus service.”

1 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Build fit for purpose wider roads throughout the region, country roads to farms have been ruined by log trucks rebuild all not just highways”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Improved internet services for the entire region including remote areas. More public transport options to connect major centres.”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Better train timetables ”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Train needs to come along coast all the way to Adelaide, could be done in partnership with South Australia, would be a massive boost to area”

21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We need a bypass for Hamilton to stop large semis etc going through the centre of town. A double lane highway from Ballarat to the SA border”

18 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Walking and cycling infrastructure. Walk or cycle instead of going by car creates a more connected community, especially for the old & young”

Renowned environment, culture and iconic landscapes

Partnership Priorities: Invest in our environment and culture through supporting UNESCO World Heritage nomination for Budj Bim and developing our creative industries, arts and culture.

What is needed for the region or your town to strengthen its reputation and offering from an environmental, cultural interpretation and connection, arts and landscape perspective?

15 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Artists have always been cultural leaders. Strong culture leads to wellbeing, tourism & growth. Ergo, create Arts roles in Local Government.”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Improve on what is already in place but make it a unique experience for both residents and visitors alike.”

13 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The art gallery has great potential for an interactive children’s art hub downstairs, great place to go on wet weather days!! ”

11 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Develop a campaign and facility improvement that educates people & promotes our region's natural and human history from volcanic times.”

8 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The development of a community arts exhibition space/building.”

8 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Cultural - celebrate, promote and sell the locally produced wool and its history.”

8 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Environmental - promotion and education about the Eastern Barred Bandicoot encolsure at HIRL.”

5 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“New Art gallery of greater size is a priority.”

3 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More signage at areas culturally significant for original landowners. Landscape with indigenous plants in suitable areas. Sculpture trails”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Greater opportunities for young people to engage in The Arts (not just sport) after school.”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More public art on existing infrastructure such as the Otway road rail bridge”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Art & enviro tourism. Flinders Rangers model with aboriginal rangers etc, copy their model, very successful ”