2016 has been a momentous year for the Committee for Gippsland with one of the most significant announcements for Gippsland being the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station next year. The Committee for Gippsland wanted to ensure that the Gippsland region was prepared for any such announcement, and invested our resources heavily in preparing a fact-based, locally informed and constructive body of work titled Our Region Our Future: Securing an Economic Future for Gippsland and Latrobe Valley.
A number of Committee for Gippsland Members participated in the Reference Committee, chaired by Jon McNaught. I want to particularly thank each of these Members for their expertise, time and efforts. Our Region Our Future is one of the most important pieces of work produced by the Committee for Gippsland to date, and has been acknowledged by State and Federal Governments as providing an important up-to date blueprint for industry transitioning in Gippsland.
The Committee for Gippsland’s Strategic Plan 2015- 2017 continues be the backbone to our advocacy efforts. This year the Committee for Gippsland has been able to assist in efforts towards securing funding for the $30 million Northern Towns Pipeline Connection in South Gippsland, the $58 million Phillip Island Nature Park redevelopment, the $60 million MID 2030 Modernisation Project and of course continuing to work towards a new hospital for West Gippsland, and train upgrades that will deliver for East Gippsland.