The Central Highlands Regional Partnership spans the east-west transport corridor connecting Melbourne to western Victoria. The region’s bustling major centre, Ballarat, has the fastest growing population of any regional city in Victoria, while the region also takes in the Rural City of Ararat in the west, the mineral springs at Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh in the east and Bannockburn in the south.
The Central Highlands Regional Partnership includes the local government areas of:
- Ararat Rural City
- City of Ballarat
- Golden Plains Shire
- Hepburn Shire
- Moorabool Shire
- Pyrenees Shire
Following engagement with its community throughout 2017, the Central Highlands Regional Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on its regional priorities.
The Central Highlands Regional Partnership’s advice for 2017 included:
- Advanced Manufacturing: Develop a globally recognised advance manufacturing sector through the creation and expansion of an advanced manufacturing cluster in the Central Highlands comprising research and development, industry and education.
- Health: Implement a place-based approach to strengthening prevention to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of the communities of the Central Highlands.
- Digital Connectivity: Develop and implement an agreed plan with government, community and industry that defines 'digital success' for the region and provides the roadmap to realise the social and economic potential of the Central Highlands.
- Transport Connectivity: Connect communities locally, regionally and globally through improvement to transport infrastructure and services that promote health, well-being and economic sustainability.
- Energy: Position the Grampians Region as the 'Centre of the New Energy Future' to ensure energy security and affordability that generates economic growth and community benefit to the region.
- Social Welfare and Community: Collaborate with government, service providers, sector agencies and local communities to accurately understand the size, scale and future trends of homelessness in order to develop a Central Highlands place based response.
- Visitor Economy: Activate Regional Victoria's Visitor Economy through increased private and government investment that triggers growth in visitor numbers and yield, creating new jobs for the region in the visitor economy.
- Jobs Growth for the Region: Attain jobs growth for the Central Highlands through the provision of advocacy, planning and support for projects that address challenges including the retention, renewal, recruitment, training and attraction to regional areas and regional jobs.
- Agriculture and Environment: Maximise opportunities for diverse food and fibre enterprises to participate and prosper, delivering improved employment opportunities and liveability across the regional and rural communities.
You can find out more about the Central Highlands Regional Partnership’s priorities here.