Councils bat for future
GIPPSLAND councils heard of a state-wide push to ensure the viability of rural councils, when mayors and CEOs met in Leongatha recently.
South Gippsland Shire Council hosted the monthly meeting of the Gippsland Local Government Network and among the speakers was a representative of Rural Councils Victoria.
GLGN chair Cr Peter Neal said smaller councils do not have as many ratepayers to draw on as their city counterparts and with the likelihood of rate capping, councils were concerned about their viability.
Cr Neal said rural councils needed to know the level at which rates would be capped.
“Is it going to be the same in Melbourne as it will be in the regional areas?” the mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council said.
The meeting also received an update about the rollout of the National Broadband Network from NBN Co.
A speaker from Regional Development Victoria also spoke about the expansion of the conventional gas network in Gippsland, namely to Lakes Entrance and Orbost.
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