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Community innovators recognised

Victoria’s most innovative community groups have been recognised with awards at the Rural Councils Victoria Rural Summit at Lakes Entrance tonight.

In presenting the inaugural Community Innovators Awards, RCV Chair Cr Rob Gersch said the awards gave recognition to those people living in regional and rural Victoria who understood the need to implement bright ideas to strengthen their communities.

“The calibre of award nominations were extremely high and we were thrilled with how people recognised and appreciated the extra efforts people were going to in order to make their communities stronger and more resilient,” he said.

“This is the first year we have held these awards and we look forward to growing them each year and building on their reputation with rural Victorians.”

The award-winners were:

  • Fire Safety: The Bushfire Foundation, Kangaroo Flat
  • Saving Energy: Totally Renewable Yackandandah
  • Library Services (joint winners): CWA Dingee and Campaspe Regional Library.

“The common theme among all award-winners was the desire to go above and beyond in offering services that benefit those who choose to enjoy the many benefits of living in rural areas,” Cr Gersch said.

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all of those who took part and for the winners for going the extra mile.

“They truly deserve their awards and know they will use their prizemoney to continue the good work they do in their communities.”



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