All members of the LLEN should note the work of the Victorian Rural and Regional Services Development Committee and the Outer Suburban/Interface Services and Development Committee of the Parliament of Victoria. Over the past year the Central Ranges LLEN has given sworn evidence, made submissions to or assisted other groups to contribute to these three inquiries.

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On January 19th, 2006, the Rural and Regional Services and Development Committee received terms of reference for an Inquiry into Retaining Young People in Rural Towns and Communities. The Committee is required to report to the Parliament by June 15th, 2006.

The terms of reference require the Committee to identify and examine the factors that influence young people to remain in rural communities, or to leave them; and to recommend strategies that might lead to more young people remaining in or returning to rural communities.

The full Terms of Reference can be found by following the link on this page.

The Committee welcomes contributions to the Inquiry. Follow the link to the “How to Make a Submission” page for more information about how to contribute your views.

The deadline for submission is 28th April 2006.

Regional Telecommunications

Parliament LogoOn 3 June 2003, the Rural and Regional Services and Development Committee of the Parliament of Victoria received terms of reference to inquire into regional telecommunications infrastructure for business.

The reference requires the all-party Committee to inquire into the potential benefits to Victorian regional businesses from improved access to telecommunications infrastructure and services, in particular broadband infrastructure and services, and highlight any impediments that may stop businesses realising this potential.

The Central Ranges LLEN has provided sworn statements to the Regional Telecommunications review. This can be found here.

Inquiry into Building New Communities

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To inquire into and report to Parliament on issues relating to strengthening communities through improved community engagement in outer urban areas, including both developing and established communities.

In particular, the Committee is requested to

The Committee is to make its final report to Parliament no later than 31 March 2006.

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Link: Parliamentary Committee Inquires in to Retaining Youth

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