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Regional assembly to dig deeper into local priorities

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August 12, 2017

Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford.

This next Goulburn Regional Assembly will this month bring the state’s decision makers to Seymour, to again rub shoulders with locals, hear views on local concerns and have chat opportunities.

This time around, the assembly aims to ‘‘dig deeper’’ into priorities already identified, such as continued economic diversification, better supporting the region’s youth, supporting peri urban growth and boosting digital connectivity.

Last year’s assembly, held in Shepparton in December, hosted more than a dozen state government ministers, including Premier Daniel Andrews, aiming to identify regional priorities across industries.

Goulburn Regional Partnership chair David McKenzie said the upcoming assembly was an opportunity for the community to have its say about priorities for our region.

‘‘We want to build on the work that’s been done, hear new ideas and dig deeper so that the government, the community and industry can collaborate for the benefit of the whole region,’’ he said.

Community consultation leading into the August 30 assembly was yesterday launched.

The Goulburn partnership is one of nine across the state aiming to allow communities to share their views on local priorities directly to Spring St.

In a statement encouraging local residents to engage with the Goulburn Regional Partnership ahead of this month’s assembly, Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford said top priorities identified last year for Goulburn had been ‘‘agriculture and health, as well as support for peri urban growth, economic diversification, supporting young people and digital connectivity’’.

‘‘Rural and regional Victorians are passionate to develop their regions,’’ Ms Pulford said.

‘‘We are hearing from Victoria’s rural and regional communities and we look forward to hearing from locals in the Goulburn region,’’ she said.

The regional partnership includes the Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie shires and the City of Greater Shepparton.

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