The Victorian Government in the aim to make regional Victorian cities and communities better places to live has introduced a new model to enable regional communities to engage with state government. Nine new Regional Partnerships have been established by the Victorian Government across the state to give regional communities a greater say about what matters to them and ensure their voices reach the heart of government. The Partnership boundaries were mapped in consultation with local communities, bringing together areas with common interests and each Partnership is guided by a diverse group of members drawn from local communities, businesses and the three-tiers of government. Each Partnership has the responsibility to deliver an annual Assembly that will be instrumental in workshopping and progressing regional priorities and inform the regional priority setting.
Capire collaboratively designed and delivered an overarching strategy and implementation plan to underpin the assemblies, including table host and scribe training, communication advice and toolkits for pre-engagement. Capire supported each region to undertake their pre-assembly engagement so that the Partnerships were able to hear from stakeholders and the broader community about the priorities for their region and to inform the agenda for the Assembly. Capire was also involved in the delivery and facilitation of six of the assemblies, working closely with the partnership and RDV coordinators to ensure that each was tailored to the region to provide people from the community, industry and government the opportunity discuss and debate their top priorities.
In late 2017, the Partnership chairs will brief the Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee on priorities for the region, that have been informed by the ideas and feedback provided through the region’s Assembly. The Partnerships are also looking to work with local governments, Regional Development Australia committee and key regional groups to progress the priorities.