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150 From Rural Councils to Stand Out From the Flock

More than 150 delegates from local government will converge on Halls Gap in April for the Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) 2015 Rural Summit.

RCV Chair, Cr Rob Gersch said the event will bring visitors from across the state for a minimum of two nights, to learn from each other and international and Australian key note speakers.

“The Rural Summit is held annually and brings many side benefits for the host community, in addition to what the delegates get from the program and take back to implement in their communities,” Cr Gersch said.

Cr Gersch said this year’s theme Standing out from the flock: is difference the key to success in rural communities? will feature presentations that address local government and rural community issues including harnessing entrepreneurialism and innovation, building momentum for a youth led rural renaissance and celebrating diversity.

“We are delighted to have two great innovators and thought leaders – Sir Bob Parker, the former Mayor of Christchurch City, New Zealand and SBS’s Matthew Evans, Tasmanian ‘gourmet farmer’ and local food advocate, sharing their very different perspectives on priorities for thriving communities. The full program will be released in coming weeks and includes more influential speakers as well as Victorian councils showcasing their solutions to shared hurdles.”

The Rural Summit is an annual event of RCV. 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 attracts delegates from government, leaders of business and industry and economic and community development practitioners from local government.

You can learn more about the Rural Summit here.

The Rural Summit is proudly supported by Rural Councils Victoria with funding from the Victorian Government’s $3.3 million Networked Rural Councils program.


To reserve your seat at the Rural Summit, please book here.


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