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Ovens Murray

About us

The Ovens Murray Children new and Youth Area Partnership strives to ensure that children arrive at school ready to learn and thrive, to prevent community and family violence and to improve outcomes for children in out-of-home care. 

The Ovens Murray Children and Youth Area Partnership is a rural Area Partnership located in Victoria’s North East and includes seven local government areas: 

  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Benalla Rural City Council
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • Mansfield Shire Council
  • Towong Shire Council
  • Wangaratta Rural City Council
  • Wodonga City Council.

We are part of a Victorian whole-of-government collective impact initiative, a partnership with government, service providers, community and business to work better together to support our vulnerable children and young people, and their families.

Collective impact

Who is involved

The Area Partnership is led by a Steering Group that includes 20 leaders from the government (Victoria, local and Commonwealth) health, education and community sectors. The Steering Group is assisting existing initiatives such as:

  • Better Communities for Children Leadership Network in Mansfield
  • Advancing Benalla
  • two early years innovations projects in Wangaratta and Alpine, Towong and Indigo Shires.

They aim to connect the work and share the learnings across the whole area. 

The Steering Group meets regularly to discuss the learnings from the work to date, to determine strategic opportunities and to identify measures that will help us meet our targets.

Our Co-Chairs are:

  • Paul Knowles, Area Director, Ovens Murray, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Bernie Boulton, Area Director, Ovens Murray, Department of Education and Training.

Our Principal Advisor is Colin McClounan.

Our partners

The Ovens Murray Children and Youth Area Partnership acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present. We acknowledge the important place of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in our area as the first people of Australia. 

We are proud to welcome people from all cultural, religious and language backgrounds as part of our community.