HALLS GAP - Halls Gap has been named as the host for the 2015 Rural Summit.
The Rural Summit is the annual event of Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) which sees about 200 councillors, CEOs, business and community representatives from across the state converge on the host town.
RCV Chair, Cr Rob Gersch said the Summit showcases the work of rural councils and features sessions which focus on their collective challenges, the main one being developing sustainable and liveable rural communities.
"Halls Gap is a beautiful tourist village, situated in the heart of the Grampians National Park. It offers venues and accommodation to cater for the Rural Summit delegates and was chosen because Northern Grampians Shire Council is proposing a unique program," Cr Gersch said.
"This year the Rural Summit was held at Lakes Entrance in Gippsland and next year it will be held in Nhill in the Hindmarsh Shire," he said.
Every year RCV runs an expression of interest process for its member councils to indicate why their shire should host the event. This year there were several excellent submissions.
RCV delivers projects to provide support and solutions on issues faced by the state's 38 rural councils, with a vision to create rural communities with sustainable economies that contribute to the health, character and liveability of Victoria.
This and other RCV projects are supported with funding from the Victorian Government's $3.3 million Networked Rural Councils program.
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