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Rural councils welcome money for local roads

25 June 2015 A significant increase to Roads to Recovery funding from the Australian government will be a big win for Victorian rural councils, according to Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) chair, Cr Rob Gersch. Cr Gersch said that while rural councils don’t yet know what percentage of the additional funds for Victoria will come to […]

Don’t tie rate cap to CPI

4 June 2015 Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) has called on the Victorian government not to tie its proposed rate cap to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Local government cost structures are quite different to household cost structures, which are the basis for the calculation of the CPI. RCV Executive Committee member, Ray Campling, CEO of […]

Rural councils tackle top priorities at May Forum

The Victorian government’s new approach to rate capping, the loss of funding for country roads and bridges, uncertainty about the future of Roadside Weeds and Pests funding and the Australian government’s freeze on Financial Assistance Grants are all on the agenda for the Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Forum in Melbourne in May. RCV Chair, Cr […]

Rural councils meet in Marysville in 2016

    Seven years and one month after Marysville was almost destroyed by bushfire, representatives of rural councils from across the state will meet there to discuss future-proofing rural communities. At today’s closing session of the 2015 Rural Summit, Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Chair, Cr Rob Gersch announced that the Murrindindi Shire Council had been […]

Rural councils modernising to enhance the future

Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Chair, Cr Rob Gersch said yesterday’s story in the Weekly Times which calls for further amalgamation of Victoria councils, is out of touch. Cr Gersch said rural councils are modernising their approaches through collaboration and embracing the opportunities technology brings. “The article quotes former deputy Premier, Pat McNamara, but we are […]

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 […]