Author Archives: Secretariat Rural Councils Victoria

Flying squad program announcement welcomed

Rural Councils Victoria has welcomed today’s pledge that an elected Liberal Nationals government will restore the planning flying squads program. On the final day of RCV’s Rural Summit at Lakes Entrance, Victorian National Party Leader Peter Walsh announced that, if elected at this year’s Victorian elections, the Council Planning Flying Squad program would be reinstated, […]

Community innovators recognised

Victoria’s most innovative community groups have been recognised with awards at the Rural Councils Victoria Rural Summit at Lakes Entrance tonight. In presenting the inaugural Community Innovators Awards, RCV Chair Cr Rob Gersch said the awards gave recognition to those people living in regional and rural Victoria who understood the need to implement bright ideas […]

Budget commitment welcomed

Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) has welcomed the Victorian Government’s $20 million budget commitment to a Rural Council Transformation Program to assist rural councils to identify and implement more efficient operational practices. RCV Chair Cr Rob Gersch said the package contains a grant program to help rural councils across Victoria to set up collaborative procurement opportunities. […]

Time running out to recognise innovators

Entries into a competition to recognise rural Victoria’s best innovators close on Friday. The Community Innovators Competition is being held by Rural Councils Victoria and is aimed at highlighting the special and creative work that rural Victorians are already doing in their communities. RCV Chairman Cr Rob Gersch said that the competition had four categories […]

Roads pledge welcomed

A pledge by the Victorian Liberal-National coalition to provide significant funding for rural road and bridge infrastructure should they be elected to government has been warmly welcomed by the peak body representing Victorian rural councils. The Coalition has today undertaken that all Victorian rural shire councils will receive about $1 million per annum for four […]

Fixing country roads funding welcomed

Rural Councils Victoria has welcomed the Victorian Government’s $941 million budget pledge to fix the State’s ageing country roads. Rural Councils Victoria Chair Cr Rob Gersch said the funding, which includes the $100 million Fixing Country Roads Fund, would make a huge difference to rural councils who are continually advocating for greater funding for rural […]

Snowy decision praised

Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) has called on the Victorian Government to follow the lead of its NSW counterpart and pass on the proceeds of its sale of the Snowy Hydro directly to rural and regional communities. The NSW Government announced last week that it would put a massive $4.154 billion which it received in transferring […]

Mayors, Councillors and CEOs Forum, April 11 2018

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 9.30am to 4pm ZINC, Federation Square, Melbourne Learn more about the role Rural Councils Victoria is taking in advocating for a better life for rural Victorians. Guest speakers to include:  The Hon Jaala Pulford, Minister for Regional Development The Hon Matthew Guy, Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Victorian Liberal […]

Key Strategy Moves Closer

The latest draft of the Population Attraction and Retention Strategy is being developed by Densch McClean Carlson, and is due back with the RCV Executive Committee by August. The Strategy will help set the agenda for RCV’s ‘Sustainable Rural Communities’ workstream for the next three years. The preliminary drafts are based on a detailed review […]