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 so that their students can take part and employers have been
impressed with the calibre of the students placed with them.
RCV Chair, Cr Rob Gersch said the students also get to experience life in rural Victoria.
“And for some, it may be the first time they have considered country living. The program
means they live in the local community and can see what that’s like,” Cr Gersch said.
Participant and Master of Commerce student at Federation University, Annabelle Gomez
said that some people think regional life is boring and that it does not offer much.
“But I really beg to differ. I guess it’s when you explore and appreciate what a place could
offer that excitement unfolds. Regional people are more friendly and accommodating, I really
appreciated that,” Ms Gomez said.
Hindmarsh Shire Council will also discuss its Karen Community Plan and Golden Plains
Shire Council will detail the thinking behind its Food Production Precinct.
The Innovate and Education Spring Tour, presented by Rural Councils Victoria (RCV), offers
a range of workshops to highlight the innovation taking place in rural councils and to
introduce new tools developed by RCV to support and strengthen council performance in
economic development, population attraction and service delivery.
Cr Gersch said rural councils keep coming up with innovative solutions in the face of limited
resources and to help counter specific local issues.
“They are having some great results and other councils in their area and across the state
can learn from them. The Innovate and Educate Spring Tour is travelling around the state
and bringing different case studies to each region,” Cr Gersch said.
“As part of the program RCV will also run a workshop on small council sustainability which is
an important issue for our members.”
Bookings are essential for council employees, councillors and people who work with
councils, including Chambers of Commerce members from across the region. The event is
free. Book online at www.ruralcouncilsvictoria.org.au or contact Nicole Wakelin on 0477 761
185 for further information.
RCV is the alliance of Victoria’s 38 rural councils. It advocates for sustainable, liveable and
prosperous rural communities and delivers projects that provide support and solutions on
issues shared by the state’s rural councils.
Rural Councils Victoria is supported by the Victorian Government’s $3.3 million Networked
Rural Councils program.
The RCV Innovate and Educate Spring Tour is also visiting:
Thurs, 9 Oct 2014 Beaufort
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 Warragul
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 Benalla
For more information contact:
Olwyn Redshaw, RCV Policy and Program Manager on 0424 536 006
Nicole Wakelin, RCV Program Co-ordinator on 0477 761 185
Birgit Schonafinger, Media Advisor on 0459 281814
Information for Editors
For details on the Internship program, please contact:
Mark Fletcher, Wimmera Development Association on (03) 5381 6505