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.
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.