Advocacy Priorities


Major community infrastructure, road and recreation projects are among Baw Baw Shire Council’s key advocacy priorities for the year ahead.

The priorities provide a framework for Council to plan and deliver targeted advocacy to State and Federal Governments for investment in projects that enhance our Shire’s liveability and secure our future as a thriving, innovative region. Advocacy priorities will be reviewed annually.

Imagine a regional city with a thriving economy, where families can live and grow and vibrant communities flourish. Baw Baw Shire is where the country meets the city, a place where the future is bright and potential is realised. Council is proud to support its community today and into the future and provide progressive lifestyle and economic opportunities for our residents and investors by advocating at all levels of government for a better future.

Council’s advocacy efforts will be structured under three tiers – tier one, two and three – in order of priority, project readiness and community impact. You can learn more about Council's advocacy priorities and plans below or by downloading a printable document here(PDF, 1MB).

Tier One Advocacy Priorities

Tier one advocacy priorities are large-scale long-term projects with significant inter-generational impact on the region. 

Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct


Council is advocating for co-funding from State and Federal Governments towards construction of Stage One of the Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct.  Baw Baw Shire Council acknowledge and thank the Victorian Government for their contributions to the project ($3.5 million - Growing Suburbs Fund and $1 million - Living Libraries Infrastructure Program) 

Click here to keep up to date with this exciting project.

Disclaimer: Image above is a concept only and may be subject to change as the project develops.

Drouin and Warragul Arterial Road Network Planning


Council is seeking $3 Million in investment to be allocated to Regional Roads Victoria to undertake Arterial Road Network Planning for Drouin & Warragul.

Click here to download a printable fact sheet(PDF, 6MB).

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New Hospital and Increased Health Services and Support


Council will continue to advocate for progress on the State Government’s 2022 election promise to build a new West Gippsland Hospital as well as for increased access to health services and support for Baw Baw Shire residents.

Early Years Infrastructure Investment  

Council is seeking commensurate funding and resources to respond to recent State Government early years sector reforms which place pressure on local kindergarten infrastructure and personnel. 

Click here for more information(PDF, 542KB)

Longwarry Logistics and Employment Hub   

Council will work with government, industry and service providers to explore the feasibility of establishing an employment and logistics hub in Longwarry.  

Securing Resources for Ongoing Growth 

Council will advocate for government funding opportunities which better respond to forecast population growth and address gaps in the cost for regional councils to plan and deliver major infrastructure projects. 

How you can help Council with advocacy

Roads Advocacy

Council is currently running a community advocacy campaign asking the State Government to allocate $3 million of funding to Regional Roads Victoria to design a modern, fit-for-purpose arterial road network that can handle the amount of traffic we're seeing now and will see in the future. 

You can find out more and add your voice to the campaign here.

Community Advocacy Toolkit

We’ve put this toolkit together to help community groups and individuals to advocate on causes that are important to you and to help your campaigns stand out. 

It is a resource that can help with developing and implementing advocacy campaigns of all sizes and includes checklists, templates and tip sheets to make advocacy easier for you. 

Council needs community support to make progress on its advocacy priorities. This toolkit may help you find strategic ways to raise the profile of projects and issues that can make a difference in Baw Baw.   

Click here to download the Advocacy Toolkit(PDF, 354KB)

Contact us

We're here to help! If you have any questions or feedback about Council’s Advocacy please contact our team via email or by calling 1300 229 229.