Urban design, as part of liveability, has already been identified by many communities as a significant factor in future sustainability of jobs and communities. NUDF08 was a wonderful opportunity to feed this information back to the practitioners, as well as discuss other issues.
Regional Development Victoria (RDV) is the Victorian Government’s lead agency in developing rural and regional Victoria. It is responsible for promoting regional development, and it provides strategic advice to the Minister for Regional and Rural Development about the state of rural and regional Victoria in relation to economic, social and environmental issues.
RDV’s focus is on regional planning, investment attraction, job creation, exports, creating stronger economies, communities and infrastructure to create a strong and growing provincial Victoria. It has programs to: promote business and industry development; work with local government and communities; help new businesses establish themselves; and pave the way for existing industries to grow and diversify.
In November 2005, RDV led the coordination and development of the $502 million five-year action plan for growth in provincial Victoria, Moving Forward: Making Provincial Victoria the Best Place to Live, Work and Invest.
In June 2008, the Government marked the half-way point of Moving Forward with a $68 million package of new and refocused initiatives and programs under Moving Forward: Update – The Next Two Years 2008 to 2010.