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Shaping regional population growth


The Government today announced arrangements for the Regional Futures Summit – a new initiative to influence and drive population growth in regional and rural Victoria.

The Summit will be held in Bendigo on 20 July 2016, and will bring together demographers, academics, community leaders, government, industry, education and health providers to shape new regional population strategies.

The announcement builds on the Government’s Stronger Rural Councils initiative – a $3.5 million commitment to rural councils to support and promote sustainable, liveable and prosperous regional communities.

Regional Futures will influence priorities for the Victorian Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund (RJIF) as well as the work plans for the nine new Regional Partnerships.

Over two days Regional Futures will bring together the minds and hearts that will influence population growth, whether it's in fast growing regional cities, tree or sea-change communities or smaller rural areas.

Victoria's rural and regional councils will be invited to bring their experience and ideas to the summit, in order to help shape the future of Victoria's regions.

Announcing the summit Jaclyn Symes, Member for Northern Victoria said “Let’s have a conversation about how regional cities and rural towns can attract new residents so that regional Victoria can continue to have the best of everything.”

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