Our Partnership

The Mallee 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 the Mallee, 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 Thursday 31 May in Kerang.

This is your chance to help shape the future of our region.

Come and hear what the Partnership has been doing and what has been achieved, and add your thoughts on our top priorities: economic game changers, access to services, connectivity (digital and transport), liveability and sustaining small towns.

Register here for the 2018 Regional Assembly.

Whether you're attending the Assembly or not, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the questions below.


Have your say

A thriving economy

How do we develop skills to grow and diversify our regional economy?

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25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Leadership programs like NMLP provide opportunities for growth and dev’t of the people in our towns who are the foundation for +communities”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Support Leadership programs like NMLP that provide a positive social return on investment and create public value for our local communities”

24 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Communicate with authorities that can service our region so that we outreach to the wider market place with both sides knowing our needs. ”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Ongoing support for programs such as Northern Mallee Leaders to develop locals to lead, innovate and grow the capacity of our region.”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“City quality skills training in the country - leadership, manufacturing technology, innovation, research. Reg Vic includes border towns!”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Regional development programs like Northern Mallee Leaders connects the community. Alumni gives back to the community 10 fold.”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“A lack of leadership aflicts our region. We need to fund Northern Mallee Leaders! This program does amazing things for our region.”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Support community leadership programs. Alumni are passionate and use the program to identify ways to give back. ”

21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Continue with regional development programs like Northern Mallee Leaders. They encourage people to be passionate and engaged in communities.”

15 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“It seems that in our towns we have the same passionate people volunteering to keep our towns alive and viable , how can we engage others!!”

8 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“How do we get ideas to fruition when our own shire management won't back them playing one town off against the other and not listening to us”

Access to the services that we need, such as health, education and training

How do we improve access to services that meet community needs?

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24 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“All three are needed locally to bring our health services up to the best that is needed for our population to move into the future . ”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Mildura has an abhorrent public transport service to the local TAFE and Latrobe Uni, buses don't go there?”

21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Again, public transport. Passenger train. So difficult for people/students to access health services, Uni etc without it.”

15 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Towns have fundraised to get community cars but government rebate only covers for travel over 100 kms , not fair for rural travel”

8 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Community. Bus service in ganawarra shire between all the communities leitchville Cohuna koondrook Kerang quamby would be great”

4 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Improve the susidies to Community vehicles that are so necessary for outreach patients. Improve Public transport to outreach towns. ”

2 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Mildura needs a hospice. More care and support is needed for those with a terminal illness. ”

28 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Improve student population so schools are able to update their out of date facilities without worrying they'll lose what they aleady have”

23 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Need for DET to look at transport from towns such as Kerang into Swan Hill to allow disengaged students attend alternative education eg TAFE”

Great freight and passenger transport and digital connectivity

How do we meet the demand for improved connectivity, particularly in those areas that are poorly served?

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24 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“SWAN HILL rail line needs to be standardised as well as a new line from Piangil to Ouyen with access to south Australia. ”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Fast train to Mildura would open up more user friendly options for rural communities in the North West, continued improvement in airports.”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Mildura passenger train will connect all walks of life. Enable people to travel through small country towns and bring economic benefits.”

21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Mildura passenger train must be returned pre 2022 election. Our highways are a disgrace. All forms of public transport need to be addressed.”

8 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Simple things like sealing the road to the local airfield would help”

8 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Free wi fi in the shopping precinct and park Cohuna to encourage tourist stop overs”

A liveable region

Tourism, quality of life/work choices, infrastructure for healthy and active lifestyles: what do we do to improve and promote liveability in the Mallee region?

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25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Housing wou;d be great! Without the housing our communities cant grow in size, economy or liveability. The smaller towns are missing out”

24 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Government must obtain more knowledge of the needs of the Mallee region by spending more time in the area to bring knowledge up to date.”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Focus on excellent natural resource management e.g. water. Be innovative and creative in every planning aspect.”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Connecting communities through transport - return of the train would be one step. Support for leadership programs to have a voice.”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Support for Leadership Programs to develop emerging leaders who will be responsible for the liveability of our region is essential!”

21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We must have our passenger train reinstated BEFORE the 2022 election. The Nats are trying to stretch this out till the 2026 election.”

8 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Reno to the Cohuna pool including expansion to have a heated winter pool and a reception area capable of supporting health rehab business”

28 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The inability of the kerang hospital to provide expectant mothers the opportunity to give birth here is turning them away from the area”

Sustaining small towns

What can we do to ensure our small towns are sustained?

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24 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Population must reflect the population of the area . Nyah has seven postcodes within five kilometres . Not reflecting the truth. ”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Stop putting pressure on communities to create not for profits - we already work for a living and need down time. Councils do your job.”

21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Public transport. Passenger train. Drive along the Sunraysia Highway and witness the decimation of once thriving small communities”

17 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Leave tourists in caravans somewhere to park. Don't plant trees that take away parking spaces close town centre. We want folks IN our town.”

8 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Lobby state and federal government for tax breaks if you are generating income in an area of need”

8 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We have lost the gunbower abbotoirs none in our area now great opportunity and currently hardship for paddock to plate producers”

28 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Decrease council rates to increase affordability and encourage young people and families to move to kerang. More people = less $ p.p.”

28 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Improve school facilities”

28 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Our population is ageing and we need to attract young people and families to the area.”

Your voice already making a difference

Last year, following our Regional Assembly and consultation process, the Mallee Regional Partnership proposed the idea of a new Victorian Cross Border Commissioner to work to further the interests of businesses, organisations and individuals who live, work and operate in Victoria’s border communities.

As a direct result of our efforts, the Government has agreed to develop a business case around establishing a Cross Border Commissioner’s Office for Victoria, which will look at the feasibility, costs and benefits associated with its establishment.


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