Do you have insight into the existing strengths of your community, industry or region? Or maybe you have new and innovative ideas that could support economic diversification and growth?

The Victorian Government recently announced $400,000 in funding under the State Government’s Victorian Forestry Plan to support preparation of a Local Development Plan for the communities of Marysville, Buxton, Taggerty and Alexandra.

This project will assist these communities who are directly affected by the transition away from native timber harvesting to identify and develop opportunities for economic diversification. The community-led project will support growth and job creation in established and new industries and deliver long-term economic and social benefits.

The project will identify and develop regional strengths, assets and opportunities for innovation and will see engagement and collaboration with community, business, local industries, the education sector and government.

There are a number of ways you can get involved in the first stage of the project between now and March.

Next steps

Based on feedback gathered through one-to-one interviews with community, business, local industries, the education sector and government, responses to the online survey and community workshop events, a Draft Discovery Findings Report will be prepared. During April and May 2023, community feedback will be sought on the potential innovation opportunities included in the Report.

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