RCV takes on Rural Living Campaign
RCV will take officially take carriage of the Rural Living Campaign (RLC) with the Executive Committee agreeing to establish RLC as a sub-committee of RCV and allocating up to $100,000 to continue its work.
The Rural Living Campaign is an alliance of 20 councils, including 15 rural councils, seeking to have all levels of Government agree to the proposition that all Victorians should be entitled to a minimum set of services. This has come about because of the vast disparities in the services available to rural communities compared to their metropolitan cousins.
As agricultural efficiency increases and population of rural areas consequently declines, the capacity of those communities to fund an acceptable standard of living has deteriorated. Many rural councils are becoming unsustainable and others, like Buloke, have had to reduce their services to an unacceptable level in order to survive.
Instead of watching services run down, Rural Living Victoria lobbies state and federal governments to provide more sustainable funding structures that enable a minimum service level for all Victorians, no matter where they live.