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MEDIA RELEASE - Peak local government body to visit Portland

11 February 2019

Western Victoria’s municipal leaders will participate in a strategy workshop in Portland this week developing a strategic roadmap on matters of importance for the region.

The MAV (Municipal Association of Victoria) CEO Kerry Thompson and board president Mary Lalios, also a councillor at City of Whittlesea, are leading the planning session on Friday 15 February to understand the challenges facing local government in regional Victoria.

Glenelg Shire will be joined in the strategic session by fellow rural councils including Moyne, Ararat Rural, Pyrenees, Corangamite and Colac Otway with city representation including participants from the city based councils of Wyndham and Manningham.

The session is one of eight being held state wide during February to develop MAVs strategic work priorities.

The session is following a Great South Coast board planning meeting also being hosted by council earlier in the day.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said it was a great opportunity to promote the region’s key strategic priorities and projects, and highlighting the shire’s important role in growing the state economy.

“We have an ambitious and achievable set of priority projects we want to see delivered for our community to continue to grow our economy. Further investment and growth in agriculture, tourism and renewables is essential to generate more jobs whilst an efficient freight and road network and world class health and education will ensure this is an attractive place to do business and live,” Cr Rank said.

“The MAV can play an integral role in representing the needs for the right policy settings in government to ensure funding is appropriately directed to achieve such aspirations.”

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