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Advocacy

Bureau of Meteorology Submission

A Working Group was established to formulate a regional submission to provide the basis for discussion with the Bureau of Meteorology and government, to improve the region's access to weather information. View the submission here

Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Plan

The first Regional Plan for the Wimmera Southern Mallee was developed in 2010 as part of the statewide regional planning approach - Regional Strategic Planning Initiative (RSPI). Download a copy of the 2010 plan here

In 2015 an update on activities was conducted. Download a copy of the update here

Regional Network Development Plan Submission

A copy of the Wimmera Development Association Submission to the Regional Netwrok Development plan can be viewed here

Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Transport Strategy

The Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Transport Strategy is an evidence-based strategy which identifies priority transport projects of regional significance.  Click here to read the report.

Agricultural Competitiveness

View the Wimmera Development Associations submission to the Federal governments Agricultural Competitiveness Issues Paper here

Mobile Phone Coverage

The Wimmera Development Association compiled a submission to the Mobile Coverage Programme Discussion Paper - view the submission here 

Victoria’s Future Industries Food & Fibre Sector Discussion Paper

In responding to the Victoria's Future Food & Fibre Sector Discussion Paper, Wimmera Development Association confirms the Wimmera Southern Mallee as the Grains Centre of Excellence, with opportunities to grow all aspects of the sector more

Increasing Exports of Goods and Services from Regional Victoria

View the Wimmera Development Associations submission to the government inquiry into the Opportunities for Increasing Exports of Goods and Services from Regional Victoria here

Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Investment Plan

Wimmera Southern Mallee Councils – West Wimmera,Hindmarsh, Yarriambiack, Horsham and Northern Grampians have a long history of successful collaboration and the WSM Regional Investment Plan articulates the vision for regional growth through investment attraction, diversified employment and more efficient export opportunities.

Click here for a copy of the WSM Regional Investment Plan

AMES "Small Towns Big Returns" launched

'Small towns Big returns - Economic and social impact of the Karen resettlement in Nhill' was launched in Melbourne on April 23rd by the Assistant Minister for Employment, The Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP. The report found that like many other regional towns Nhill faced a declining working-age population and the resultant loss of services and amenities and the flow-on implications for the economic and social prosperity of the town.

The program to resettle refugees in the town of Nhill town has resulted in positive outcomes for the refugee families and added more almost 100 jobs and more than $40 million to the local economy, according to the economic impact study.

Since early 2010 about 170 Karen refugees from Burma have been resettled at Nhill.

The study also identified significant social outcomes stemming from the resettlement program, including: the arrest of population decline; revitalised local services and increased government funding; and, an increase in social capital across both communities.

The study found the necessary factors in the success of the Karen resettlement included: the availability of employment and accommodation; strong leadership in the host community; a welcoming host community; support for the new families; management of the degree and complexity of 'cultural adjustment' on both sides; and, settlers prepared to adapt to a new environment.

This link will take you to the Report on AMES

The report was also featured on television's 'The Project' View the video here