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 2018 Regional Assembly was held on Thursday 31 May in Kerang.

It was an opportunity to hear what the Partnership has achieved to date, and for participants to add their thoughts on our top priorities — economic game changers, access to services, connectivity (digital and transport), liveability and sustaining small towns.

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


Have your say

A thriving economy

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

1 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Retail and agriculture will diversify when it can be afforded or a need AND market arises. Skills are also developed when required. ”

1 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Upgrade the transmission network between Bendigo and Kerang to develop more renewable energy options and diversify the local economy. ”

31 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“If NML Inc had more funding, not only could they continue to develop future leaders, they'd be able to better collect data to measure impact”

31 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Education & training in small communities, for farmers and small businesses, they are the back bone of this country.”

30 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Regional Victoria Leadership Programs must continue as an energiser for rural communities including gender equality and economic improvement”

30 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Affordable eduction”

30 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“One way to embrace diversity and provide empowerment to our community is Leadership programs.”

30 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Supporting Small Business in rural towns to consolidate and grow is an investment in sustaining our farming communities for the longer term”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Waste to energy as a new industry for Mildura region. Transform organic waste into new products - new skills, jobs, investment eco growth”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“100 more leaders for the northwest is a task for NML over the next 4 years. This requires state government support. The Ask - $1million.”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The Northern Mallee Leadership Program develops skills within regional communities boosting local economies. Funding them is a priority ”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Continuing to support leadership programs such as the NMLP to encourage participants to stand up and give back to the region”

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

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

1 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“P12 college for Kerang”

31 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“we need to be able to access better medical and specialist care.mental health is a huge health problem with all ages. Support nurses”

31 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Reexplore the P-12 Education Facility in Kerang”

30 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Lobby politicians to provide incentives for city based doctors to make the move to rural areas. Lack of GP's are affecting our communities.”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Return Mildura Base Hospital to public management. Look at Mildura Hospital Conversation on FB to confirm the need to return our hospital”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Ensuring people are made aware of the education and training needs in our community & encouraging personal input through the NML program”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Resilient communities built by effective leadership attract staff into these areas. NML provides opportunities for locals be those leaders!”

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”

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?

1 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Improve mobile phone services”

31 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Provide unlimited satellite internet access that is reliable across the Mallee and address black spots ”

30 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“VicRoads have dropped the ball. Our rural roads are a disgrace. ”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Return passenger rail services to the Mildura Rail corridor and improve connectivity to a whole forgotten part of the state ”

27 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Fix all the black spots for better communications. We get better mobile phone service in the fields of Cambodia than around Kerang.”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Incentives for provision of long term Doctors in the smaller towns, for instance Ouyen, where the aging population require this service. ”

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?

1 June, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Align tourism with the Murray regional tourism destination management plans. ”

31 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Develop the Kerang Lakes as a tourism Mecca - provide funding to small communities to enable community development plans to be enabled ”

30 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Encourage and facilitate re zoning of land around the Kerang Lakes to provide adequate opportunities for residential development.”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Mildura desperately needs a passenger rail service to improve the economic viability of the region and thus the liveability of the region”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Supporting and developing our current and emerging leaders skills through the Northern Mallee Leaders Program”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Ensure that the arts and artists are provided adequate funds and support to ensure our culture is defined, engaging and celebrated”

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”

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:

“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!”

Sustaining small towns

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

31 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Simplify the land rezoning and subdivision process. Support small township waterfront areas to develop land they have identified as suitable”

31 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Enable small towns to action development plans ”

31 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Support small business in those small towns that farmers rely on with assistance from rural financial counselling services across the state.”

30 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Provide counselling and mentoring support for small businesses across the region through the rural financial counselling services”

30 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“As the corporates move in buying up more and more properties population decline will continue. They need to have more community involvement”

29 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Provide them with the necessary funding support to do what small regional towns do best- get on with the job”

28 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Ensuring these towns keep essential services for one!!! It seems that it is always up to the locals to fight for what they need ! ”

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:

“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.”

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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