As hundreds descended on the Portland Civic Hall for the second Great South Coast Regional Assembly, it was the voices of young people that rang out the loudest.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford were among the politicians who met with the region’s representatives, developing a vision for the year ahead.
South-west students made their mark on the evening by voicing their hopes for the future, citing issues such as renewable energy, improving Portland’s port and better transport. They even requested a selfie with the premier, which he obliged.
Great South Coast Partnership chairwoman Emily Lee-Ack encouraged attendees to be “mindful of our past, thoughtful about our future and well and truly ready to unleash our potential”.