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Rural council summit puts spotlight on Nhill


A stream of local government representatives will visit Hindmarsh Shire this week to explore ideas on growing rural communities.

Rural Councils Victoria, a body incorporating 38 rural shires across the state, will host the Rural Summit, featuring several key guest speakers.

More than 150 people are expected at the summit, with a welcome evening to be on the banks of the Wimmera River at Dimboola tonight.

This year’s theme is ‘Small Communities, Big Opportunities – Facing the Future and Embracing Change’.

Guest speakers include high-profile economist and media commentator Saul Eslake, Mildura-based chef Stefano De Pieri and Kaiela Institute chairman Paul Briggs, who will discuss Aboriginal heritage, economic development and tourism.

Hindmarsh Shire Mayor and Rural Councils Victoria chairman Rob Gersch said he was delighted to be hosting the seventh annual summit in his home town.

Cr Gersch said the summit was an ideal opportunity to explore new opportunities to grow Victoria’s rural communities.

Sessions tomorrow and Friday will be at Nhill Community Centre and a dinner will be at Little Desert Nature Lodge tomorrow night.

Cr Gersch said representatives were from Victoria’s 38 rural shires, which although has a low population, made up 79 percent of the state’s land mass.


He said he was particularly looking forward to hearing John Millington, former manager of Luv-A-Duck in Nhill, speak at the summit.


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Posted on Mar 26 2014

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