Premier Daniel Andrews set to make third visit to the south-west this year

Premier Daniel Andrews. Picture: Morgan Hancock
Premier Daniel Andrews. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Premier Daniel Andrews will make his third visit to the south-west this year on Thursday for an annual meeting about the region’s future.

The premier will attend the Great South Coast Partnership Regional Assembly along with key ministers, including Regional Development and Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford and Roads Minister Luke Donnellan.

Mr Andrews visited Warrnambool and Port Fairy in July and made an appearance in Portland in January with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to secure the short-term future of Alcoa’s aluminium smelter.

The assembly, to be held in Portland on October 12, will examine the issues facing the Warrnambool, Corangamite, Moyne, Glenelg and Southern Grampians local government areas.

The Great South Coast Regional Partnership held its first regional assembly in Port Fairy last year, and some of the key issues discussed included improving roads, maximising tourism and promoting the area’s rich Indigenous culture.

The state government-established partnership is one of nine across the state, and key points raised during the annual assembly will be passed on to a committee chaired by Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford.