Advocating for East Gippsland at the Gippsland Regional Assembly
Wednesday 23 November
Seven key themes were high on the agenda of discussions at the Gippsland Regional Assembly held in Moe last week.
The assembly was convened by the Gippsland Regional Partnership, which informs the Victorian Government on challenges and opportunities already identified by the region.
Mayor Cr Joe Rettino and Chief Executive Officer Gary Gaffney represented East Gippsland Shire Council at the assembly, which was also attended by community members and representatives from the other Gippsland councils, government agencies and MPs, including the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews.
Around 200 attendees discussed ideas and opportunities under seven key themes:
- New Jobs and Industry;
- Education and Wellbeing;
- Food and Fibre; and
- Latrobe Valley.
Mayor, Cr Joe Rettino, said the assembly highlighted the importance of the Gippsland region working together.
“Key items that we advocated on behalf of East Gippsland were the agrifood industry, visitor tourism and improved transport (connectivity) infrastructure,” Cr Rettino said.
“Advocacy is a crucial part of our role to ensure that East Gippsland has a strong voice in the greater Gippsland and Victorian arenas.
“Comments from residents are also being sought via an online engagement portal and I would encourage anyone with an interest in these matters to get online and have their input and what matters most to them.”
The survey can be accessed at the Engage Victoria website and comments are open until 4 December 2016.
Premier Daniel Andrews, Gippsland Regional Partnership chair Maree McPherson and East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Joe Rettino discuss ideas and opportunities for East Gippsland at last week’s Gippsland Assembly held in Moe.