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Liveability showcased at Rural Summit

The liveability offering of rural and regional areas of Victoria will take centre stage at an event in Lakes Entrance this week.

The Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Rural Summit will start tomorrow and continue until Friday, allowing the 100 delegates to hear from high-profile speakers.

He said it would also be an opportunity for discussion to take place on the challenges and opportunities facing regional communities.

RCV Chair Cr Rob Gersch said that the event, being hosted by East Gippsland Shire Council, aims to equip council staff, leaders and residents of rural communities with the skills, information and capacity to respond positively to ever-changing environments.

“Some of the topics which will be discussed at the event include liveability in regional Victoria – how do we see the future; what the factors are which develop lifestyle opportunities in rural areas; the role of government and private industries in supporting rural communities through transport and infrastructure; what models of service delivery best support attract families and communities in rural environments and we can sell regional Victoria to the rest of the country,” Cr Gersch said.

“We have attracted speakers from government, industry, tourism and business sectors, as well as those who specialise in forecasting the future of rural areas and how we can best adapt and prepare ourselves for a future of promise.”

Cr Gersch said that the opportunity to network and discuss common issues which are impacting rural people was a great chance to look at solutions which would work, and which will assist in building strong and resilient communities.

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