Rural Councils Given A Boost

Rural Councils Given A Boost

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan

Rural Councils Victoria To Receive $3.4 Million In State Government Funding

Victor P Taffa

Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) will be able to continue representing the interests of small rural communities across the state for at least the next four years thanks to a $3.45 Million funding injection by the Victorian Coalition Government.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the funding would support RCV’s administrative costs to ensure it could continue in its pivotal representative role.

“RCV has a strong, proud record of standing up on behalf of Victoria’s 38 rural councils which represent 79 % of Victoria’s land mass.” Mr. Ryan said.

 

“The RCV network is a critical liaison point for rural councils and the State and Commonwealth Governments, as well as industry and community groups and regional advisory bodies and planning committees.”

Mr. Ryan said the Coalition Government was working closely with RCV to develop a long-term program of activities and events to meet the needs and interests of rural communities.

“Local Government plays a critical role in influencing regional development and communicating the challenges and opportunities that regions face.” Mr. Ryan said.

“This important investment will enhance RCV’s capacity for research and policy development as well as provide training opportunities for key staff within RCV’s network.”

Mr. Ryan said today’s announcement coincided with the fourth annual RCV Rural Summit in Rutherglen, bringing together more than 200 people passionate about promoting rural Victoria.

“The summit is a think tank of rural councillors, CEOs, leaders of business and industry, tourism and community development practitioners along with members of the community who are passionate about the prosperity of Victoria’s Rural Towns.” Mr. Ryan said.

Funding to RCV will be provided through Regional Development Victoria and is in addition to existing Government funding to councils across the state.