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Regional and Rural Council Sustainability Program

Despite missing out on the $150 million Rural Community Support Fund, there was a $1 million commitment in the State budget to develop a Regional and Rural Council Sustainability Program, so regional Victorians can benefit from stronger local governments.

The funds are intended to provide a means to further build the needs case for rural Councils, to feed into next year’s budget process. It will collate all the available data (from VAGO, LGV, RDV etc) into a concise report which provides solutions to sustainability.

A steering group for the project is being developed and RCV has been invited to put forward two representatives. Executive Committee Members Cr Jenny O’Connor and Ms Juliana Phelps will represent RCV to the Regional and Rural Council Sustainability Program, with Cr Robert Vance to attend meetings where Cr Jenny O’Connor is unavailable.

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