Rural councils meet in Marysville in 2016
Seven years and one month after Marysville was almost destroyed by bushfire, representatives of rural councils from across the state will meet there to discuss future-proofing rural communities.
At today’s closing session of the 2015 Rural Summit, Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Chair, Cr Rob Gersch announced that the Murrindindi Shire Council had been selected to host the 2016 Rural Summit in March next year.
“We are delighted to give Marysville this opportunity to highlight that the town is well and truly back in action and open for business, but also to acknowledge that the Black Saturday disaster was a time of suffering for the local community and that their stories of resilience are something the rest of us can learn from,” Cr Gersch said.
Cr Gersch said 175 people attended the annual Rural Summit in Halls Gap this year and he expected that numbers would increase in 2016.
“Rural Councils Victoria is going from strength to strength with projects that are relevant to the 38 rural councils and our events are growing in popularity. This year’s applications to host the 2016 Summit were of a very high standard,” he said.
The 2016 Rural Summit will be held at Marysville’s recently opened VIBE Hotel and Conference Centre. The VIBE employs 40 people, 34 of whom are from the Marysville, Narbethong and Buxton areas in Murrindindi Shire and includes three long term unemployed and four seniors (55 plus). The VIBE uses products from 22 local businesses.
The Rural Summit is an annual event of RCV. It is attended by councillors, CEOs and staff from rural councils as well as business and community members and representatives from Victorian government agencies.
RCV is the alliance of Victoria’s 38 rural councils. It supports and promotes sustainable, liveable and prosperous rural communities, including a program of activities focussed on developing practical solutions to issues shared by the state’s rural councils and communities.
The Rural Summit is proudly supported by Rural Councils Victoria with funding from the Victorian Government’s $3.3 million Networked Rural Councils program.