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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 of population and economic trends in rural Victoria, as well as population attraction and retention strategies in Australia, the USA, Canada and Scotland. When finalised it will be a key milestone in determining the drivers and barriers to population attraction and retention and economic development in rural Victoria.

About The Project

Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) has commissioned the Population Attraction and Retention Strategies for Rural Victorian Communities project. The project aims to identify a priority set of projects for implementation over three years consistent with RCV’s role, mandate and capacity, as well as opportunities that exist to influence State government policy and programs.

Rural Victorian communities face a range of opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing world where some significant forces are at work, including:

  • Globalisation and the rise of Asia
  • Changing demographics
  • Rapidly changing technology
  • Climate change

Issues of long-term population decline, ageing and changes brought about by shifts in patterns of agricultural production and technology represent both challenges and opportunities for rural Victorian towns and regions. Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) has a clear role to play in supporting its 38 member organisations and their communities in responding to the challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities.

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