Round Table Discussions

Members are invited to join with government ministers and industry leaders in discussing relevant portfolio issues impacting Gippsland and provide a direct line of feedback to Government on issues across Gippsland industry in order to promote growth and development.

We are actively pursuing Ministerial round tables to discuss the following priorities:

  • Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews – Drought; Water Security; Health; Infrastructure
  • Public Transport, Ports and Freight – Rail upgrades, long term plans an access to market (Minister Melissa Horne)
  • Regional development; Agriculture; Resources (Minister Jaclyn Symes)
  • Health – Regional Health Service Delivery (Minister Jenny Mikakos and/ or Department Secretary)
  • Roads Infrastructure (Minister Jaala Pulford)
  • Small Business (Minister Adam Somyurek) – the Ministers office has informed the committee that he is unable to come to Gippsland. We are seeking an alternative solution.
  • Simon Phemister – the Secretary Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • Beth Jones RDV Chief Executive Officer
  • Federal Minister Health – The Hon Greg Hunt

Summary of Roundtable meetings and key themes:

(Minister / Shadow or Senior Government Executive)
Date Key Messages
Treasurer and Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas12 September 2018Government had demands for infrastructure, health and education, and support for business projects across Victoria.
Commissioner for Better Regulation Red Tape
Commissioner Anna Cronin
September 2018Information creep, and the burden of multiple, overlapping regulators offers
opportunities for the Government to improve and lessen the overall burden of regulation.
Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources;
Innovation and Renewables – David Southwick
12 October 2018 
Member for Eastern Victoria Edward O’Donohue Shadow
Minister for Police; Corrections and Community safety.
25 October 2018 
Shadow Attorney General John Pesutto25 October 2018 
Member for Gippsland Federal Minister for Veteran Affairs
and Defence personnel
20 November 2018 
Shadow Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events
– David Hodgett
16 April 2019 
Minister for Public Transport; Ports and Freight
– Melissa Horne
27 March 2019 (Warragul)Infrastructure investment – Identified in the GLGN transport report.
Rail service improvement opportunities. Student access to public transport inter-town connectivity.
Victorian Nationals Leader and Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Water
– Peter Walsh;
Eastern Region MP Melina Bath and Member for East Gippsland The Hon Tim Bull
10 July 2019 (Bairnsdale)The Hon Peter Walsh was asking members of the top 3 regional priorities – Traralgon Bypass; Fast and Reliable Rail; South East Airport.
Minister Regional Development; Agriculture and Resources
–  Jaclyn Symes
18 July 2019 (Warragul)Meeting with the Young Entrepreneur Network.
 Victorian Treasurer and Minister for Economic Development
– Tim Pallas
19 July 2019 (Warragul)Smart investment must drive jobs growth and be sustainable for the longer term.

Thought Leadership Sessions: 

Dr Keith Suter – Global Futurist, Economist & Media Commentator on national and foreign affairs) – 17 June 2019 (Bairnsdale)

Euan Semple – Digital leadership vs marketing & communications – 10 May 2019 (Churchill)

  • Authentic communications and the right platforms
  • Be authentic in your voice as an organization