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May 2015

Regional Victoria Living Expo

The 2015 RVLE saw 10,156 Melbournians looking to relocate to regional Victoria come through the doors over the 3 days.
150 people completed registrations forms for jobs available in the Wimmera with another 20 people showing interest in the businesses for sale.
The prime position at the front of the venue gave us the opportunity to consult with people both as arriving and leaving.  It was also found that several people returned on the way out to ask further questions.
The updated regional branding truly showcased the fantastic ability of the Wimmera to work together.  We are often the envy of other councils as mentioned at the expo.
The regional hub greatly appreciates the support provided by WorkCo and Wimmera Uniting Care through their attendance on the regional stand. The Hon Hugh Delahunty also attended the expo for the 3 days as a regional ambassador. We thank Hugh and Judie for their attendance and the fantastic job they did promoting the region. 
Over the 3 days we handed out:
1400 Wimmera magazines
1000 Wimmera Windmills
600 USB sticks loaded with regional information.


Bruce Sullivan Lunch

Leadership Wimmera is sponsoring (in part) next month’s Lunch with Bruce Sullivan which Business Horsham has organised.
We have 10 sponsor tickets available for this event on Wednesday 3rd June to be held at the Wimmera Trade Training Centre from 12pm-2pm.
Flyer has all the details: Lunch with Bruce Sullivan
Be quick to secure your place at the LW table.  Phone Sue on 5381 6507.

Governance Foundations for Not for Profit Directors

Governance Foundations for Not for Profit Directors Workshop Leadership Wimmera in partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors presents:
Governance Foundations for Not for Profit Directors 1.5 day workshop open to any interested community members
When: Thursday 9th & Friday 10th July
Where: Wimmera Business Centre, 62 Darlot Street Horsham
Investment: $750per person (includes catering on both days).
Note: We have a limited number of scholarship places available @ $250per person.  Written applications to sboddi@wda, including details of Boards/Committee you have bee/are a member of and a paragraph giving reasons for wanting to participate.  (100 words max.) 


National Families Week

Wimmera National Families Week was celebrated during the week of May 15th - 21st 2015.
This year the theme of “Stronger Families, Stronger Communities” highlights the important role families play in all of our communities.  The week is a time to celebrate and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community and a time to reflect on the critical role that families play in teaching, supporting and nurturing children as they grow.
Thank you to Jane Freak and her staff from Wimmera Uniting Care who visited the Migrant Families playgroups in both Nhill and Horsham during the week.  They were able to assist with activities, provide information and resources for families and the playgroup as a whole.
The families who attended both playgroups thoroughly enjoyed the activity of making a Family Tree along with the enthusiasm shown by the staff of Wimmera Uniting Care when working alongside the families.


National Refugee Week

National Refugee Week will be celebrated during the week of June 14th - 20th 2015.

Refugee Week is Australia's peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.  Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June).

The theme for Refugee Week for 2015 to 2017 will be "With courage let us all combine".  Taken from the second verse of the national anthem, the theme celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice.  It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation's welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skill and energy refugees bring to their new home.

Further information on National Refugee Week including a Resource Kit and poster highlighting Australia's first Afghan-born surf life saver Imtiyaz Saberi at Edithvale Surf Life Saving Club can be found at

AMES "Small Towns Big Returns" launched

A study into the economic and social impact of the Karen resettlement in Nhill has generated a lot of media interest.
The study 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.
It 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.
The report was also featured on television’s ‘The Project’ View the video here
The report may be accessed on the WDA website

Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Investment Plan

Minister for Regional Development Hon Jaala Pulford launched the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Investment Plan at Parliament House this week. The plan articulates the priorities for government investment for the region and provides local government and regional organisations with an advocacy document to target both Victorian and Australian Governments.
WDA Chairman Cr Kevin Erwin said “The WSM Regional Investment Plan includes our key regional priorities, including
  • Critical infrastructure such as road and rail freight and telecommunications
  • Freight efficiency projects to support our exporters
  • Advocacy projects, picking up key regional issues related to jobs and growth
    • Mining and renewable energy
    • Housing, childcare and training
    • Building on regional advantage- SUPL, Grains Centre of Excellence, improving our weather information
“The plan demonstrates collaboration and commitment between Councils in the region, and identifies individual Council priorities. It will be updated regularly and provides a consistent focus for regional advocacy to government.”
The Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Investment Plan is available here




Jo Bourke
Executive Director

Wimmera Development Association
62 Darlot Street, Horsham VIC 3400
Phone: (03) 5381 1744