Author Archives: Secretariat Rural Councils Victoria

Government needs to do much more for rural Victorians

Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) has expressed its bitter disappointment that the State Government has overlooked the needs of rural communities in its 2017-18 Budget, neglecting to include a $150million Rural Community Support Fund that would have delivered essential services and upgrades to rural Victoria. While RCV welcomes regional rail and road improvements announced in the […]

Rural Victorians Deserve More — RCV’s 2017/2018 Victorian Budget Submission

Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) is calling on the State Government to establish an annual, dedicated $150 million Rural Community Support Fund in a submission to the 2017/ 2018 Victorian Budget. Many of Victoria’s rural councils are under increasing financial pressure to deliver more services and manage significant assets across vast geographic areas, all with fewer […]

Foundation Project Update

John Stevens from Densch McLean Carlson presented findings from early research conducted as part of the Foundation Project and possible options for attraction and retention strategies. The Committee will workshop these options in April which will ultimately inform RCV’s work in coming years. About the Foundation Project The aim of this project is to determine […]

Hitting the Road – ACRE and RCV’s Autumn Tour

The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) will be hitting the road with RCV this Autumn, presenting at Local Government Network meetings over the coming months. Matt Pfahlert and Peter Sacco from ACRE will attend meetings to promote the RCV funded Understanding Social Enterprise workshops and invite initial participants into the first round of workshops. […]

Communications Support Kit Now Available

With the State Budget looming, RCV has circulated a Communications Plan and Toolkit to each RCV region. The plan contains template materials to help each Council drive local awareness and coverage of RCV’s push for a $150 million Rural Community Support Fund. During the lead up to the State Budget announcement in May, we are […]

Advocacy Update

RCV’s advocacy efforts are ramping up as the Victorian State Budget approaches. On behalf of its 38 member councils RCV’s Committee is strongly advocating for more support for rural communities from the State Government, meeting with ministers and policy makers about its request for the establishment of an annual, dedicated $150 million Rural Community Support […]

Fostering Rural Entrepreneurship

RCV will be rolling out a program in partnership with the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE), to promote, explore and develop rural entrepreneurship and social enterprise across our rural communities. All 38 Rural Council Victoria members will be involved in this project, and we invite you to start thinking about people from all areas […]

Update From Local Government Victoria

At the 13 January 2017 Committee Meeting Dr Graeme Emonson provided an update on news relating to the Local Government sector, available funding programs and important updates from LGV. Dr Emonson updated members with the following news from LGV: A new Finance and Accounting Support Team (FAST) has been announced and aims to improve the […]

The Advocacy Continues

RCV’s advocacy program for 2017 is off to a great start with representatives meeting with Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas on Friday 13 January. Top of the agenda was RCV’s Budget Submission for a $150 million Rural Communities Support Fund. This fund will assist rural councils in providing an appropriate level of quality services while improving […]

Meet Your New Committee

The first meeting of 2017 was an opportunity to finalise the election of the new RCV Committee. It’s a mix of fresh and familiar faces as 12 positions (1 Councillor and 1 CEO from each of the six RCV regions) were appointed to the committee. Four new members have been appointed to the RCV Committee: […]