Wimmera residents will vote for better connectivity and liveability, and for who they believe is most likely to deliver on campaign promises.
That's the word of the region's peak bodies.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the 2019 Federal Election is on Saturday, May 18.
David Jochinke, president of the Victorian Farmers' Federation and chair of the Wimmera-Southern Mallee Regional Partnership, said infrastructure remained a key issue.
"In the budget that was announced a few weeks ago, there was a heavy emphasis on getting some infrastructure projects out to the western side of Victoria, so it sets the scene a bit for the upcoming election," he said.
"We need a focus on regional development through Regional Development Australia so it can give businesses opportunities to build and develop in the Wimmera. That body hasn't necessarily had adequate funding or support in the latter half of this government.
"Agriculturally, we want to see strong policy around continually supporting terms of trade to ensuring we're getting access to best markets, trying to reduce the amount of regulation put onto farming, and planning support of biosecurity to ensure we're keeping our industry safe."
Mr Jochinke said he expected water to dominate discussion and voters' choices in the northern half of Mallee.
"It's going to be around transparency and confidence in the water market so people can plan their businesses for the long-term," he said.
"What I would hope to see is a discussion around how we manage the water we do have appropriately, by a solid transparent processes, like a livestock exchange, so people can see transactions and understand all the different options available to them.
"When we talk about what we are voting for and what people are potentially offering as solutions, people have to ask the question are they capable of delivering on promises made, and have they got the nous?"
Horsham Rural City Council chief executive Sunil Bhalla said the council had three key priorities - growing jobs and the regional economy, better connectivity of both transport and communications and improving the livability of Horsham.
"We've started the work under the banner of Transforming Horsham, including activating the CBD and the Wimmera River," he said.
"The community has clearly told us this in the past, so we're asking for $5 million from the federal government to commence the activation project. It's a multi-year project but we do want to start the transformation process.
"A group of eight western Victorian councils has been advocating for passenger rail to return to Horsham and Hamilton, so we want the federal government to help with the businesses case and in the short term, build a shuttle service between Horsham and Ararat to connect with the five daily services to Melbourne currently operating.
"We are also seeking an upgrade of the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal in Dooen, which is up to capacity."
The latest data from the Australian Electoral Commission showed 113,491 people were enrolled to vote in Mallee, representing more than 98 per cent of people of voting age in the electorate.
The electoral commission said Wimmera residents had until 8pm on Thursday, April 18 to ensure they were enrolled to vote.
Wimmera Development Association has been contacted for comment.