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Councillors’ decision-making role under scrutiny

A participatory budgeting workshop to be held at the Rural Summit later this month will challenge councillors’ views of their decision-making role, according to one of the presenters. Cr Gaetano Greco of Darebin City Council said that the traditional view of councillors being the sole decision-makers needs to change. “Councillors should actually be the facilitators […]

Young people shaping future rural towns

Rural Councils Victoria’s latest project, Tomorrow Towns will develop resources to support the engagement of young people in shaping future rural places that reflect their values and aspirations. Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Chair, Cr Rob Gersch said the project will ask what sort of places are conducive to young people thriving, with the objective of […]

‘Shark’ calls for councils to challenge assumptions

RedBalloon Founding Director and ‘shark’ on TEN’s Shark Tank, Naomi Simson will highlight the benefits of creativity and innovation to councillors and council staff from across the state when she presents at the 2015 Rural Summit in Halls Gap next month. “Assumptions are the biggest creativity killers, so I’m going to be challenging the audience […]

TV chef calls on councils to value food producers

SBS presenter Matthew Evans has called on councils to do more to support small local producers, saying the benefits include the increased tourism appeal of their towns. Mr Evans, who presents Gourmet Farmer Afloat, currently screening Thursday nights on SBS will have the ear of councillors, CEOs and council staff when he speaks at the […]

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 […]

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 […]