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Guide to help creative projects in rural Victoria

Councils seeking to add to the 11,000 people already involved in creative industries in rural Victoria now have a new source of practical ideas and inspiration. The Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) guide identifies opportunities to attract and better support creative industries in rural communities. RCV’s Supporting Creative Industries through Technology: Learning to Date, provides tips, […]

Rural councils welcome money for local roads

25 June 2015 A significant increase to Roads to Recovery funding from the Australian government will be a big win for Victorian rural councils, according to Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) chair, Cr Rob Gersch. Cr Gersch said that while rural councils don’t yet know what percentage of the additional funds for Victoria will come to […]

Don’t tie rate cap to CPI

4 June 2015 Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) has called on the Victorian government not to tie its proposed rate cap to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Local government cost structures are quite different to household cost structures, which are the basis for the calculation of the CPI. RCV Executive Committee member, Ray Campling, CEO of […]

RCV welcomes funding and Minister to Forum

Rural Councils Victoria has welcomed today’s funding announcement by the Local Government Minister, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins and her commitment to open the network’s Mayor, Councillor and CEO Forum in Melbourne next month. Earlier today, Ms Hutchins foreshadowed $5.2million in the state budget for rural and regional councils under the Roadside Weeds and Pests program. […]

Rural councils tackle top priorities at May Forum

The Victorian government’s new approach to rate capping, the loss of funding for country roads and bridges, uncertainty about the future of Roadside Weeds and Pests funding and the Australian government’s freeze on Financial Assistance Grants are all on the agenda for the Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Forum in Melbourne in May. RCV Chair, Cr […]

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 […]

Calling country youth for Rural Summit tickets

Rural young people keen to be more involved in their local community have the opportunity to receive a free ticket to attend the 2015 Rural Summit which will start in Halls Gap next Wednesday. Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) runs the Summit every year and has this year made passes available for people aged 18 to […]

Rural councils modernising to enhance the future

Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Chair, Cr Rob Gersch said yesterday’s story in the Weekly Times which calls for further amalgamation of Victoria councils, is out of touch. Cr Gersch said rural councils are modernising their approaches through collaboration and embracing the opportunities technology brings. “The article quotes former deputy Premier, Pat McNamara, but we are […]