HALLS Gap has won the honour of hosting the 2015 Rural Summit.
The summit is Rural Councils Victoria’s annual event that sees about 200 councillors, chief executives, business and community representatives from across the state converge on the host town.
Rural Councils Victoria chairman Rob Gersch said the summit showcased the work of rural councils and featured sessions that focused on their collective challenges, the main one being developing sustainable and liveable rural communities.
He said the Halls Gap announcement was made at Wednesday’s Rural Councils Victoria mayors, councillors and chief executives forum in Melbourne.
“Halls Gap is a beautiful tourist village, situated in the heart of the Grampians National Park,” he said.
“It offers venues and accommodation to provide for the rural summit delegates and was chosen because Northern Grampians Shire Council is proposing a unique program.
“This year the rural summit was at Lakes Entrance in Gippsland and next year it will be at Nhill in Hindmarsh Shire.”
Cr Gersch said each year Rural Councils Victoria ran an expression of interest process for its member councils to indicate why their municipality should host the event.
The group delivers projects to provide support and solutions on the issues Victoria’s 38 rural councils face.
The group’s vision is to create rural communities with sustainable economies that contribute to the health, character and liveability of Victoria.