What we do

By positively engaging with government and regional stakeholders, the Committee for Gippsland is helping to attract and retain investment and jobs in the region and maximise economic and social opportunities for Gippsland.

Our Approach

  • Set agenda – Informed by our members (supported with independent evidence);
  • Lead debate – Determine the regional priorities and the enabling environment;
  • Advocacy – Represent the voice of Gippsland Business and Industry;
  • Enabler – Collaborate and inform Gippsland’s long-term sustainable economy;
  • Reputation and Relationships – Valued by our members, region and Government.

Strategic Themes

On behalf of its members, Committee for Gippsland is exploring ‘whole of region’ strategies, identifying barriers and challenges, and determining the opportunities that will unlock the region’s potential.

Best practice regional development relies on sound planning that understands the opportunities that exist within the human and physical capital of regions; on designing and trailing innovative models of development that engage communities; stakeholders and investors; and, the capacity to anticipate, monitor and evaluate the outcomes of interventions over time. These are all areas in which research can continue to play a critical role in providing a robust evidence to help meet these needs in partnership with practitioners, policymakers and regional communities.

Our Current Priorities

  • New Hospital for West Gippsland
  • Improving digital connectivity – Infrastructure Master Plan
  • Promoting a positive Gippsland Brand
  • Carbon Innovation Centre
  • Water Projects
  • Traralgon bypass
  • South Face Road – Tourism
  • Gippsland Freight and Infrastructure Plan (revision)

 Emerging regional priorities

  • Industry led transition action plan – Traditional sectors
  • Fast rail (into Melbourne and intra-regional)
  • Third Airport (South East Corridor)

 Policy 

  • Circular economy – Decentralised model for managing waste and reprocessing. Reviewing compliance standards that prevent the re-use of re-processed products.
  • Low Emissions (revised) Targets – implications for the Latrobe Valley, industry and community.
  • Jobs for the future in Regional areas – Industry led transition plan will identify existing workforce profiles and up skilling opportunities for existing and new and emerging sectors. The regulatory and policy environment will dictate the region’s new industries and employment opportunities.
  • Planned and industry led transition – To transition power employees and supply chain businesses into future jobs and markets. Imperative to identify new market and employment opportunities for Latrobe Valley’s existing infrastructure and skilled workforce.
  • Water and Resource security – Gippsland is a resource driven region. Our ability to prosper in new markets will be heavily influenced by the regulatory environment.