C4G looks to regional future with new Strategic Plan launch
The Committee for Gippsland has launched its 2018 – 2020 Strategic Plan. Victorian Shadow Minister for Energy, Resources, Renewables and Innovation David Southwick MP officially launched the Strategic Plan at the Committee for Gippsland’s Annual General Meeting.
The launch of the plan follows months of extensive consultation with Committee for Gippsland members and stakeholders in each Gippsland shire.
The immediate strategic priorities for the region include:
- A new hospital for West Gippsland
- Calling on the State Government to fund a digital connectivity master plan for the region
- Establishing the Jobs and Innovation Showcase at Federation University as an annual event to drive a positive brand for Gippsland
- Secure support for a Regional Carbon Innovation Centre
- Secure support for the Lindenow Valley Water Security Projects
- Securing funding for the construction of a Traralgon Bypass and improve the standard of rail service and reliability for the region
- Undertake an updated version of the Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan
- Advocate for the National Surf Lifesaving Championships to be hosted in Lakes Entrance
Longer term advocacy themes including the call for a new low emissions coal fired power station in the Latrobe Valley, water projects in the Macalister Irrigation District invested in, the security of supply for the region’s timber industry, mineral and coal projects including fertiliser and hydrogen proceed, improving skills and higher education outcomes, energy and road improvements for Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort, securing further investment for Phillip Island Nature Park, the Gippsland Lakes, Mt Baw Baw and Walhalla, support for the further development of the Port of Hastings and the construction of East West Link, and the development of a third major airport for Victoria in the southeast. The Committee for Gippsland also remains committed to delivering the Gippsland Community Leadership Program, which has grown to nearly 600 alumni and continues to play a critical role in the development and growth of leadership capacity in the region.