With a Gross Regional Product of $15.8 billion, the Gippsland Regional Partnership is one of the most diverse regions in Australia, and covers 33,000 square kilometres. From unspoilt beaches to snowfields and rainforests, the region covers a vast range of stunning landscapes including the internationally renowned Wilson’s Promontory National Park and one of Australia’s best-known tourism experiences, the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Natural resources, leading to energy generation, agriculture, forestry and tourism, as well as manufacturing have traditionally underpinned Gippsland’s growth. The area produces around 90 per cent of Victoria’s electricity and 97 per cent of the state’s natural gas, but a global shift towards a low-carbon economy has created challenges and opportunities for the energy sector and the region’s economy.
The Gippsland Regional Partnership includes the local government areas of:
- Bass Coast Shire
- Baw Baw Shire
- East Gippsland Shire
- Latrobe City
- South Gippsland Shire
- Wellington Shire
Following engagement with its community throughout 2017, the Gippsland Regional Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on its regional priorities.
The Gippsland Regional Partnership’s advice for 2017 included:
- Connectivity: Transport network and digital technologies are current and well-functioning to meet the needs of Gippsland's people.
- Energy and Resources: Securing Victoria's future resource needs and uses while also considering new energy technologies.
- Family and Community Wellbeing: Ensuring Gippsland’s people meet the health and wellbeing standards of the average Australian.
- Food and Fibre: Positioning Gippsland as open for business for Agriculture investment and as a leader in food and fibre technology.
- Skills and Education: Gippslanders have increased aspiration and improved infrastructure to participate and succeed in education at all levels.
- Visitor Economy and Tourism: Boosting the Gippsland tourism industry and increasing visitors to the unique region.
- New Jobs and Industry: To improve employment opportunities in the region.
You can find out more about the Gippsland Regional Partnership’s priorities here.