The Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils has been pleased to provide feedback on the All Things Considered Discussion Paper. The opinions in our response reflect the shared views of the Group.

The Vision Statement for the process says that “by 2046, we see a Victoria where everyone can access good jobs, education and services regardless of where they live..” . Our submission and comments are based on bringing that premise to fruition for our region. Read our full submission


Read the May 2016 Edition of the Peri Urban Newsletter

This is a packed edition of our newsletter and includes stories on funding, the Library review, Planning Fees review, stories on agriculture, funding and lots more.  

2016/17 Federal Budget Summary – Rural and Regional Initiatives.

The PUGRC has reviewed the 2016/17 Federal Budget to collate the initiatives of most interest to our Councils and our communities including:

  • Rural roads  and bridges funding
  • Mobile blackspot funding
  • Heritage funding
  • Infrastructure funding
  • Regional arts funding
  • Bushfire mitigation
  • ABC funding to support local news
  • Support for farmers.

Read the PUGRC full summary or visit for more detail http://www.budget.gov.au/

April edition of Peri Urban Newsletter

Read the April edition of the Peri Urban Group’s newsletter now. Articles on funding, the latest population figures from the ABS, Rate Cappping hearings, the MPA’s new engagement portal and sign up to our new social media channels:

Funds Announced for Flood Mitigation

Victorians will be given the best tools available to improve flood mitigation measures and prepare for floods, under a new Floodplain Management Strategy released by the VIC Government.
The 2016/17 Victorian Budget provides $25 million in funding to support the strategy includes:
• $12 million to support the implementation of the Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy, and Regional Floodplain Management Strategies. The strategy clarifies the roles and responsibilities for floodplain management – particularly in land use planning decisions and improved flood warning systems.
• $11 million for locally-led flood mitigation measures in up to 15 communities including Charlton, Bendigo, Numurkah, Donald and Seymour in recognition that mitigation and responding to flooding is best managed at a local level.
• $2 million to ensure Victoria’s water authorities have the capacity to confirm their water services are appropriately resilient when faced with natural hazards and emergencies.


Budget Boost for Phillip Island Penguins

Phillip Island’s iconic Penguin Parade, one of Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions, will receive a much needed upgrade, boosting jobs and tourism in regional Victoria. $48.2 million will be provided in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget for a major redevelopment of the attraction’s Visitor Centre, replacing the outdated 1988 facility with a larger and better equipped centre that has a smaller environmental footprint.