Mayors, Councillors and CEOs Forums
Each year RCV hosts a number of events, forums and summits designed to help members councils meet, network, collaborate and address common issues facing the sector.
RCV holds two Mayors, Councillors and CEOs Forums each year. Members come together to discuss relevant policy matters, receive updates on issues affecting rural Victoria, hear about new and innovative projects funded through the Stronger Rural Councils Initiative (SRCI), contribute to setting the future direction of RCV and hear from Ministers and other relevant speakers, government departments and experts.
The Forum is also a valuable networking event, facilitating discussion among members, providing a platform for engagement between the State Government and members, and promoting the activities of RCV to a targeted audience.
Our most recent event was held in April 2019 at the RACV City Club in Melbourne. The program featured speakers from both sides of politics, industry and policy experts.
AGM and Mayors, Councillors and CEOs Forum - October 2019
We are looking forward to once again hosting our elected representatives and CEOs this October for our bi-annual Forum and Annual General Meeting.
Timed to coincide with the MAV State Conference, the event will be held at the State Library of Victoria and will feature a program of public sector leaders, policy experts and thinkers exploring the biggest issues impacting rural communities.
We are pleased to announce that political journalist and author Gabrielle Chan will be joining us as keynote speaker.
About Gabrielle Chan
Gabrielle Chan has been a journalist for more than 30 years. Since 2013, she has worked for Guardian Australia as a political correspondent and Politics Live blogger. Gabrielle has also worked for ABC radio, the Daily Telegraph, in local newspapers and politics. She has written and edited histories and biographies.
The city-born daughter of a Singaporean migrant, Gabrielle moved to a sheep and wheat farm near Harden Murrumburrah in 1996. She noticed the economic and cultural divide between city and country and the yawning gap between parliament and small town life. As a result, she wrote Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up, released in 2018 by Penguin Random House.
The day's program will also feature:
Beth Jones - CEO of Regional Development Victoria (RDV) and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)
Damian Mannix and Kathleen Hurley - The Agenda Group
Dave Barry - Deputy Victorian Auditor General (VAGO) and Ryan Green - Director, Local Government Performance Audit (VAGO)
The Rural Summit is RCV’s key biennial event. It provides a forum for councillors and officers, local business and industry leaders, economic and community development practitioners, academics and education providers, relevant decision makers and anyone passionate about rural prosperity to examine the unique and diverse challenges faced by rural municipalities. It is also viewed as an important networking event by RCV’s members.
The purpose of the RCV Rural Summit is to contribute to equipping rural councils, leaders and residents of rural communities with the necessary information, skills and capacity to respond positively to ever changing environments, and the Rural Summit program reflects this purpose.
The next Rural Summit is scheduled for 2020 and will be held in Strathbogie Shire.
Rural Victoria Tour
To ensure our members understand the role of RCV and our work, RCV Committee members will visit each council in their region to update teams on the program of work we have underway.
These visits are an essential way for council staff and elected representatives to stay abreast of policy developments, research findings, advocacy priorities and issues affecting their council and community. They also provide an opportunity for council staff and elected representatives to share feedback with their RCV regional representatives on the issues they’re facing locally, and to explore how RCV may be able to support.
These visits are taking place with each of our member councils in 2019.