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EDITORIAL: All for a common good

Dean Lawson editorial 2 2017

We often hear a message from Wimmera leaders about a need for the region to put aside neighbourhood rivalries to work together for a common good.
It clearly makes a lot of sense and it is good in theory. But the reality has often been a little different; especially where a community, town or municipality feels it has missed out and been the poorer recipient of a collective deal.
This also makes sense, considering we are all trying to go into bat for our own backyards.
In recent times we’ve seen a growth in understanding about how our part of the world operates as a whole and the evolution of greater regional relationships.
The Wimmera, in many ways, is no longer the great expanse that through tyranny of distance has historically divided neighbouring towns and their communities. It is these days more than ever a regional amalgam.
There are significant benefits in working as a region, clearly identified by organisations such as Wimmera Development Association, representing a group of Wimmera and southern Mallee municipalities and even the State Government through its regional partnerships program.
But perhaps one of the best examples of how two regional centres can work together for overall success where everyone wins has come with confirmation of a new partnership between services in Horsham and Warracknabeal.
Horsham College, Horsham Special School and Warracknabeal disability service Woodbine have become partners in a project designed to open the doors of opportunity.
The two schools, with the special school still relatively new and college redevelopment almost complete, have access to modern infrastructure and facilities.
Woodbine, in providing services for people with disabilities, has people travelling from Horsham and other centres to Warracknabeal but has been limited in what it can provide at Warracknabeal.
Now, as a result of a peppercorn partnership deal, people with disabilities will have a greater scope to pursue activities and interests.
At the same time, students in Horsham will have direct access to new employment pathways and greater insight about what is expected to be a growing disability-service industry.
When it comes to initiative by exploring regional partnerships, this venture, scheduled to swing into action later this year, ticks all the boxes.

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