Our Partnership

The Wimmera Southern Mallee 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 Wimmera Southern 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 Wednesday 30 May in Stawell.

It was an opportunity to hear what the Partnership has been doing and has achieved to date, and for participants to add their thoughts on our top priorities — strategic regional planning, energy, coordinated service delivery and improved education.

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


Have your say on our top priorities

Strategic Regional Planning

How do we better

• address the needs of our small dispersed populations

• maintain vital infrastructure

• promote economic development?

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Need to address the lack of affordable housing, particularly in Ararat”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“How do we encourage our young people to return to the region after going away to gain higher education qualifications, we are an aging regio”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Need to provide more connections to/from Horsham to areas surrounding this under-utilised Transport Hub, assists with "Social Inclusion"”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Halls Gap needs more regular bus services to connect to/from VLine services at Stawell and/or Ararat”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“There is a need to for better utilisation of school busses to provide inter town or cross regional services (during school hours)”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Careful planning is needed to integrate VLine Passenger Rail services from Maryborough and Ararat to be Standard Gauge services.”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Public Transport, time table should not be to Melbourne focused. There is a need for a service arriving in Ararat before 7:00am for workers”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Fund the business case for Western Rail project.”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Finish the Western Highway”

21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Better more affordable public transport”

17 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Public transport is essential for the health of our communities. Drivers are responsible for everything. Return conductors. R Byass”

17 May, 2018

VirginiaButcher says:

“My lifetime work was in service delivery. However, I am really concerned anout the number of small business enterprises which have closed. ”

Energy

What opportunities are there for the region to secure affordable, reliable and sustainable energy?

26 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Community owned Waste to Energy plants can provide low cost power and heat to local communities using municipal and agricultural waste.”

25 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Industry drives extension of the Natural Gas pipe, what needs to change to allow access to households without within towns which are connect”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The main grid Ballarat to the Wimmera needs upgrade and extending to South Australia with a third inter connector to South Australia. ”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Any grant funding should match solar panels and battery storage as a package.”

21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“would like more competition with gas retailers Would like to see more green energy initiative in the region”

17 May, 2018

VirginiaButcher says:

“I am facing these concerns at a personal level. Is there an affordable local solution ?”

13 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Gov must recoup essential industries. Eg water, electricity and fuel. ”

11 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“There is support and land for renewable energy - this also brings employment or at least income into our area”

11 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“In light of the recycling crisis it is time to look at new waste to energy opportunities for our region, for us to be leaders in this area.”

7 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Build the approved wind towers and turbines and ensure that locals get a chance to purchase direct”

2 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We need sustainable base load at an affordable price. Energy is becoming a luxury especially for many older members of our communities. ”

26 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“support new energy initiatives ”

Coordinated Service Delivery

How do we ensure community services (health, education, welfare, justice) are effective and efficiently delivered?

12 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More stability in jobs rather than short contract based. Why commit to a job that might not continue after 6 months. ”

11 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Insentives for experienced doctors to work in rural hubs for 2+ years”

11 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Less grant based funding and more ongoing funding for essential services. This will ensure employees invest in their professional developme”

9 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We have to wait 3 weeks to see a Doctor in Horsham. And Govt is throwing Beatiful well educated Lady Doctors from tri-star!!!”

7 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Enable non-aligned tertiary education hubs to be collocated with our library services so that students can be supported in distance learning”

2 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We want to use telehealth, but major Health Services demand patients travel for hours for a 5-10 minute consult. ”

1 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Better digital connectivity allowing remote attendance in virtual classrooms and virtual 3D social groups”

26 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“fund based on need not population”

26 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“If we are to have health/welfare services in small rural towns, funding should be based on outcomes for the small towns, not a 1 size model.”

24 April, 2018

trishf42 says:

“A decent internet (not satellite or wireless!) would help localised community services to become part of something wider.”

22 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“DET contract WHCG to provide allied health services (eg Speech Therapist) to schools in WSM”

Improved Education

How do we provide greater opportunities and outcomes for students in our region?


21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“International students should be given a public transport concession”

7 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Increase the support for quality educators and teachers so that they want to stay in the region”

1 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“don't fix what aint broke leav us alone”

1 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Virtual Classrooms and social spaces either in a central place or from home (better digital connectivity required)”

26 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Match training and education offerings locally to workforce needs of industry & services providers support active research relevant to area”

25 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Support the youth by getting more in the town to do”

24 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Support coordinated regional VETiS programs Open FUA facilities to community and other training organisations”

22 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Experienced teachers enticed to teach in WSM for 5 yrs leading to greater promotion opportunities or guaranteed return to school of choice”

20 April, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Help parents to support their children”