Our Partnership

The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership is one of nine such Partnerships across the state, established by the Victorian Government in 2016, 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 Loddon Campaspe, 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 3 May in Kyneton.

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; early years; tracks, trails and tourism; youth and health.

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


Have your say on our top priorities

A Thriving Economy

What's great about living in your place?

3 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Since last year, what changes have occurred to support and encourage entrepreneurs to start new businesses, beyond a single accelerator?”

30 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“It is a growing area moving a head at a rapid pace. It offers fantastic shopping, public transport and educational facilities for children”

26 April, 2018

TessM says:

“Kyneton is a growing and thriving part of the Macedon Ranges but the public transport system is very poor due to lack of buses.”

26 April, 2018

TessM says:

“Friendly and supportive people”

22 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Kyneton is a thriving town, established over 160 years, with community members supporting local businesses and welcoming new residents.”

20 April, 2018

TessM says:

“There appears to be economic growth thanks to great tourism in the Macedon Ranges but we need better transport links.”

20 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“A community which tries to step up when services are lacking... (Support after suicide, grief, mental health, ) and volunteers aplenty. ”

20 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Small eclectic businesses. Community stepping up when services are not available (mental health,grief,suicide support).”

19 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“National parks, natural features, Melbourne, emergency department are all accessible ”

12 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The environment, the clean air, sense of place. The region has diverse population and we must think of how we can tweak things to suit”

10 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“I love that I have a thriving regional city on my doorstep, can work here, and travel a short distance to the big city or to the bush.”

9 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Diversity of attractions throughout region. Arts, food and proximity to hanging rock, my Macedon, population growth nurture economy”

Early Years

How can we help young children in our region discover the love of books?

7 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Parents are key. Children whose parents understand the value of a book will drive reading as a preferred activity and opportunity to engage.”

2 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Support local libraries. Focus some project work in schools to be book based and not all done via iPads. ”

30 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Introducing reading at a young age, reading on a daily basis, and by making the experience fun. Relate reading to the child's interests.”

25 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We do book promotion well - what we don't do well is teach everyone HOW to read - won't love books if you can't get words off the page.”

25 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Research clearly shows that the better skills people have in reading the more likely they are to love to read. Teach reading really well.”

23 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Books need to readily available for all children; we need to take every opportunity to read to children, maybe using volunteers/retirees.”

22 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Kyneton has a great kinder, and two thriving primary schools and others nearby. Goldfields Library cater for children as do local bookshops”

22 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Support kinders and schools to implement highly effective literacy teaching so every child CAN read. Back up with rich literature experience”

20 April, 2018

TessM says:

“Mobile libraries to kinders etc.”

20 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Access to Mother Goose program for parents and bubs /toddlers, held in libraries' extra rooms. Confidence building and fun with language.”

20 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Support for book stores and libraries in region. diverse programs run through library etc to build relationships (resilience/ed programs)”

19 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Give their parents sufficient income (increase NewStart and family benefits) so that their families are not stressed so they can read”

Iconic Tracks and Trails

What's needed to attract visitors to our Tracks and Trails?

30 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Public awareness, more visibility on sign's explain what the attraction is and what the benefits are from visiting the trails. ”

22 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Needed for Campaspe Riverwalk are public toilets at the Piper St end. Will attract people to the Riverwalk and will cater for visitors.”

20 April, 2018

TessM says:

“Easier access with those with physical disabilities.”

20 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Better signage for regional tracks. More maps available. ”

19 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“A reason to come - providing infrastructure to host multiple events such mountain biking, sporting events- $600 billion in sports tourism”

19 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Information, maps, clean toilets accessible for everyone including change facilities ”

18 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Tracks and trails must be maintained and managed. Their value is for local communities as well as tourists.”

12 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Well maintained and promoted tracks that link communities, such as the Goldfields Track. Creation or trail hubs and support services”

10 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Rural central Victoria is beautiful - invite them & I wish they would come. Targeted marketing? Better infrastructure? I don't really know”

10 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Promotion, maps and above all, good signage. Regular and effective maintenance. ”

8 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Woodend to hanging rock.... walking biking/ horse riding”

8 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Link the towns with quality walking and riding tracks. ”

Youth - Our Critical Asset

What do you think helps build resilience?

7 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Hardship helps build resilience in that you have to work things out for yourself rather than taking the easy path that's laid by others.”

30 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Encourage our youth not discriminate or criticize , being open to their ideas and suggestions, listen to what they have to say and support.”

23 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“A sense of hope and belonging - all young people need to be able to see where they fit in their community and that there is a future.”

22 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Involvement by young people in the daily life and special events of the town. Appreciation of their acheivements large and small.”

22 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Provide highly effective literacy teaching and remediation so everyone is ABLE to read - allowing participation in society at all levels.”

20 April, 2018

TessM says:

“High youth suicide rate and ice related issues in our region. What else can be done? Also homelesness is an issue for our youth,”

20 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Live4Life in secondary colleges helps build resilience with mental health, not only in the youth but also in their community. ”

20 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Young voices in leadership.a hospital that can support struggling youth with mental health concerns.flexible mental health support/outreach”

19 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Community involvement and finding a place to fit through sport, dance, martial arts, running, music, youth groups, drama etc”

19 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Families that aren't constantly chronically stressed by lack of money (fix that and everything else follows) ”

12 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Work to reduce inequality and also arm them with understanding how the world is changing. Their world will not be the one we know”

10 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Opportunity and aspiration help build resilience. Our community delivering on its promise of a fair go. Soooo complicated.”

Healthy Hearts

What's needed to help you be more active?

7 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Reminders and access. People will take up opportunities to engage in activities that are driven by others then they become a way of life.”

30 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Extra walking / bike trails , skate-parks , public spaces that are family friendly, more play grounds activity center's.”

22 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More and better footpaths for easy ambulation. Open spaces to walk in and enjoy.”

21 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Walk to school initiatives. New sporting complex needs to be a priority”

20 April, 2018

TessM says:

“Dedicated and affordable programs and the support to get there.”

20 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More regional activities pre and post commute.mental health support after hours for motivation and support mentally to improve health.”

19 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More sporting infrastructure that supports all ages, genders and abilities. Indoor multipurpose courts and studios catering for 1000's.”

19 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Money - every thing costs money. Shoes, gear, membership fees, transport. Need more well maintained safe parks playgrounds close to home”

12 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Promote walking and bike riding. Need to engage more with the idea that this is important and needs to be promoted widely through the region”

10 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Encouragement, better infrastructure (footpaths), incentives. ”

8 April, 2018

Barrymcdonald says:

“Footpaths ... bikepaths”

8 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Footpaths”