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Ministers and rural council sustainability at Forum

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Two Ministers and the Opposition spokesman on Local Government will take part in the
Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Mayors, Councillors and CEOs Forum in Melbourne on
Wednesday (22 October 2014).

RCV Chair, Cr Rob Gersch said with less than 6 weeks until the Victorian election, this is a
timely opportunity for rural councils to hear from both major political parties and ask
questions.

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, Minister
for Local Government, Tim Bull and Opposition spokesman on Local Government, Richard
Wynne will address RCV’s members.

“As part of the Forum, RCV will also engage its members in a conversation to culminate
stage one of the Rural Council Sustainability project,” Cr Gersch said.

The Rural Council Sustainability project is investigating how RCV can best support councils
to build capacity and improve performance in the context of the state government’s wider
local government reform agenda. RCV is working with the Australian Centre of Excellence
for Local Government (ACELG) to develop a sustainability strategy.

“We have consulted our members to establish the significant issues that challenge rural
councils’ viability and service levels in the long term. This workshop will help finalise the
priorities for the strategy,” he said.

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.

ENDS
For more information contact:
Olwyn Redshaw, RCV Policy and Program Manager on 0424 536 006
Birgit Schonafinger, Media Advisor on 0459 281814

Information for Editors
Rural Councils Victoria’s strategic plan RCV Tomorrow can be viewed on the RCV website.

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