From Melbourne’s northern growth corridor to the Murray River, the Goulburn Regional Partnership region is renowned for its fertile soils, a mild climate, good water resources and growth opportunities for population and business. Often described as the “food bowl of Australia”, agriculture underpins the economy, followed closely by manufacturing and health care and social assistance. Shepparton, the largest city in the region, is the primary location for health, cultural and higher education services. It, along with other towns including Yarrawonga, Euroa and Seymour, has a culturally diverse population and a strong Indigenous population.
The Goulburn Regional Partnership includes the local government areas of:
- City of Greater Shepparton
- Mitchell Shire
- Moira Shire
- Murrindindi Shire
- Strathbogie Shire
Following engagement with its community throughout 2017, the Goulburn Regional Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on its regional priorities.
The Goulburn Regional Partnership’s advice for 2017 included:
- Sustainability: Ensure a sustainable future for agriculture by promoting climate change adaptation, providing surety in land use planning for agricultural development, and encouraging agri-investment.
- Economy: Continue to strengthen and diversify the economy by activating key locations and sectors for investment, improving pathways into education and employment, and ensuring that roads and the public transport system meet current and future needs.
- Transport: Improve connectivity through continued advocacy for the rail network, identifying the economic and social impacts of gaps in regional transport networks, and improving digital uptake and inclusion.
- Infrastructure: Support the peri urban growth corridor by revitalising key locations and developing a pipeline of strategic regional infrastructure to support investment.
- Young people: Support children and young people by actively engaging with young people, advocating for place-based collective impact approaches, ensuring that the youth service system is as accessible and seamless as possible, and encouraging youth entrepreneurship.
- Health: Ensure a healthy and engaged population through region-wide health and wellbeing planning, increasing access to creative and artistic activities and supporting initiatives to improve the obesity health status.
You can find out more about the Goulburn Regional Partnership’s priorities here.