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Guide to help creative projects in rural Victoria

Councils seeking to add to the 11,000 people already involved in creative industries in rural Victoria now have a new source of practical ideas and inspiration. The Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) guide identifies opportunities to attract and better support creative industries in rural communities. RCV’s Supporting Creative Industries through Technology: Learning to Date, provides tips, […]

Programs reveal more life satisfaction in rural communities

17 July 2015 The wellbeing benefits of life in small towns highlighted in Wednesday’s HILDA longitudinal study by the University of Melbourne is not news for Rural Councils Victoria (RCV). RCV Chair, Cr Rob Gersch said RCV’s own programs had revealed similar results. “Part of our platform is to encourage the relocation of people from […]

Koroit and Myrtleford youth set to shape towns of tomorrow

  Young people in Koroit and Myrtleford will next month have an exciting opportunity to help their peers from across the state shape the rural towns of the future. Rural Councils Victoria’s latest project, Tomorrow Towns will work with youth in both communities to understand how councils can better support the engagement of young people […]

RCV welcomes funding and Minister to Forum

Rural Councils Victoria has welcomed today’s funding announcement by the Local Government Minister, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins and her commitment to open the network’s Mayor, Councillor and CEO Forum in Melbourne next month. Earlier today, Ms Hutchins foreshadowed $5.2million in the state budget for rural and regional councils under the Roadside Weeds and Pests program. […]

Rural councils seek new, sustainable way forward

Rural councils are working together to develop new ideas and approaches to secure their financial and operational futures and the economic and social futures of their communities. Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Chair, Cr Rob Gersch said the Rural Council Sustainability Project has identified four priority actions to strengthen council performance and enhance their sustainability. “We […]

Sir Bob Parker to Address Councils at Rural Summit

Councils could consider preparing a set of emergency bylaws to support their communities during times of natural disaster according to Sir Bob Parker, who was Mayor of Christchurch City during its 2010 – 2011 earthquakes. Sir Bob’s Leading Change presentation is a feature of this year’s Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Rural Summit to be held […]

Facebook for emergencies on show at Rural Councils’ Workshop

Macedon Ranges Shire Council will showcase its use of Facebook in times of emergency at a meeting of councillors and staff from rural councils to be held in Wedderburn on Tuesday. The Innovate and Education Spring Tour, presented by Rural Councils Victoria (RCV), offers a range of workshops to highlight the innovation taking place in […]

Intern program on show at Councils’ workshop

A program which helps rural councils and employers recruit graduates with specific skills to fill local gaps will be showcased as part of Rural Council’s Victoria’s (RCV) Innovate and Education Spring Tour in Beaufort on Thursday. The Wimmera Internship Program, now in its third year, is so popular university lecturers are now contacting the program […]

Grade 5’s shop local campaign showcased

Grade 5 students may not immediately spring to mind as the main targets when developing a shop local campaign but Mitchell Shire Council’s program, complete with five personas that make up the Mitchell Crowd, was launched in July. This creative initiative will be showcased as part of Rural Councils Victoria’s (RCV) Innovate and Education Spring […]