The idea of ‘place’ is one of the most pressing challenges facing modern government in Australia. How can our range of government planning, investment and service delivery functions be best coordinated around the needs of local communities? It’s hard enough to do within one level of government – but here in Victoria, we have three levels of government all operating in our local areas.
Since 2015, the Victorian Government has established nine Regional Partnerships that have enjoyed some success in uniting the different voices of governments, communities and industry in the planning and prioritising of local projects. As six similar partnerships take off across Metropolitan Melbourne, join a panel of thought leaders to consider the opportunities, implications and potential pitfalls of ‘place-based solutions’.
The panel will include Regional Australia Institute CEO Jack Archer and the Chair of the Goulburn Regional Partnership, David McKenzie, alongside the Victorian Council of Social Service’s Emma King and the Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Richard Bolt.
From the history of ‘place-based focus’ within Victoria to lessons from Australia and overseas, to what is working well – and not so well – this event promises a wide-ranging, honest and revealing discussion on place-based solutions in Victoria.
9.00am-10.30am: Session part one
10.30am-11.00am: Morning tea break
11.00am-12.30pm: Session part two