Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) is the group of 38 rural councils in the State of Victoria, Australia. The network identified these goals, vision and objectives to underpin the work they do.
RCV will aim to empower rural councils to address their current and future challenges in a more sustainable way by addressing the following objectives:
1. Be a collective voice: coordinate effective liaison between the 38 rural councils, State and Commonwealth governments and key stakeholders.
2. Enable local solutions: deliver key RCV events to facilitate networking, learning, capacity building, and external communication and identify opportunities to leverage/ partner with other regional events.
3. Create an interactive learning hub: lead and/ or contribute to the development of evidence-based policy and strategy in relation to key RCV priority areas in partnership with the State, MAV or other bodies e.g. Universities.
4. Build resilience and capacity: build the capacity of councillors and council officers to support economic development and increase the sustainability of rural communities.
5. Strengthen a sense of place: develop evidence-based strategies and initiatives to improve the attraction and retention of residents and businesses in rural communities.
By adhering to these objectives we hope to realise the vision of creating rural communities with sustainable economies contributing to the health, character and liveability of Victoria.
Our overall RCV goal is to build the capability of local councils to plan and support their community to adapt to change and participate in decision making processes that impact on their region through coordinated, collaborative and networked approaches.