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Albury Wodonga Regional Deal

The Australian Government announced a pilot Regional Deal for Albury Wodonga on 20 March 2019.

The Regional Deal is an opportunity to ensure that Albury Wodonga thrives over the next decade by supporting population growth and economic development while also ensuring it remains a nationally-significant, liveable and prosperous region.

Like the other Regional Deals, the Albury Wodonga Regional Deal is a collaboration between the three levels of government and the community. The Australian, New South Wales and Victorian governments with the Albury City Council and the City of Wodonga Council are working together to further develop the region and deliver significant benefits for locals and visitors.

Local businesses, industry and the community have been engaged to ensure the Regional Deal reflects local priorities and the community's aspirations for their region.

To support the development of the Regional Deal, the Australian Government has provided an initial investment of $3.2 million to support further strategic planning and an initial project with the local community.

Current Status

On 10 July 2020, the then Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, former Victorian Minister Jaclyn Symes, former NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, former Wodonga City Mayor Anna Speedie and Albury City Mayor Kevin Mack, agreed the scope and governance arrangements for Deal negotiations and signed the Statement of Intent.

The Statement of Intent outlines a shared vision from all three levels of government for the Albury Wodonga Regional Deal, focussing on six priority areas: economic development, harmonisation of cross-border issues, infrastructure and connectivity, liveability, quality regional education and health services, and supporting the Indigenous community.

Consultation is a key part of the Deal, and a formal local stakeholder consultation process occurred in July-September 2020 with a focus on the six priority areas in the Statement of Intent. Initial feasibility work was undertaken on a range of proposals, funded through the Australian Government’s initial $3.2 million investment.

In May 2021, the cultural tracks and trail project was announced as the first major initiative of the Deal, with an investment of $500,000 of the $911,000 total project cost. This transformative project involves the development of cultural tracks and trails along both sides of the Murray River, including realigning the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk in Albury and creating the Gateway Island River Walk and cultural trail in Wodonga.

In August 2021, Federal and State Ministers and the Mayors of both cities met and agreed to an in-principle endorsement of a draft package of further projects to shape the Deal.

The next phase of the Deal aims to refine the package of commitments and determine short and long-term priorities for the region.

It is anticipated the Deal will be formally signed in the final quarter of 2021.

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Updated timeline

  • Australian Government commits to develop a Regional Deal in Albury Wodonga
    20 March 2019
  • Signing of the Statement of Intent
    10 July 2020
  • Deal development
    mid-2020 to late-2021
  • In-principle endorsement by the Joint Ministerial Committee of the draft package of commitments to shape the Deal
    2 August 2021
  • Deal negotiation and finalisation
    in progress
  • Signing of the Albury Wodonga Regional Deal
    late-2021