ECONOMIC stimulus for small towns and districts was a prominent theme at the third Mallee Regional Assembly.
Kerang hosted the event, attended by 180 people from across the Mallee region, and the Shire of Gannawarra's farming diversity and natural attractions were positively promoted to the visitors.
The Victorian Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford said that the previous two regional assemblies had generated economic activity and urged the gathering to take advantage of opportunities to continue that process.
"Tonight is all about getting things done for this region, gathering information for what your region needs and what your future looks like," she said.
Ms Pulford listed previous partnership priorities which have since received funding in the 2018/19 State budget outcomes.
Some of these included $1.7 million to establish a Mallee Regional Innovation Centre to drive research and development in key sectors, $0.5 million to further develop the Murray River Adventure Trail, and $0.3 million to develop a Silo Art Trail across the Mallee.
Organised by the Mallee Regional Partnership, the assembly gave community leaders and citizens from Mildura, Swan Hill, Buloke and Gannawarra municipalities the chance to raise pertinent issues and ideas with the government, department officials and municipal councillors.
Ms Pulford was accompanied by the Attorney-General, Martin Pakula and the Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan.
For further details on the issues raised that affect you pick up today's edition of Gannawarra Times.