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Why Victoria's success relies on thriving regional cities 



Friday 15 October | 10:00AM

Join us for the launch of Regional Cities Victoria’s 2022-25 Advocacy Priorities, and a critical discussion on why Victoria’s success relies on thriving regional cities.


This event is a unique opportunity to discover RCV's vision for regional prosperity and enhanced liveability, as Victoria recovers from COVID-19.

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Meet our Speakers


Cr Kim O'Keeffe

Chair, Regional Cities Victoria

Mayor, Greater Shepparton City Council


The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas

Minister for Regional Development

Minister for Agriculture


The Hon. Peter Walsh

Shadow Minister for Agriculture

Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria

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Alexandra Gartmann

Group Executive Partnerships, Marketing and Corporate Affairs & CEO Rural Bank. BSc(REM), MAICD

Alexandra joined Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group in October 2015 as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Rural Bank, having been a member of the Board since November 2014. From July 2019, Alexandra is also responsible for the Group’s Partnerships, Marketing, Corporate Affairs and Climate Risk.


Felicia Mariani

Chief Executive, Victoria Tourism Industry Council 

Felicia leads Victoria’s peak body for the tourism and events industry. She has held senior management roles in Tourism Victoria and Tourism NSW, is a former CEO of Tourism Tasmania, and was Managing Director of the Australian Tourism Export Council. Felicia is passionate about the power of tourism and events to drive regional economies.


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Michel Masson

Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Victoria

In 2016, Michel joined Infrastructure Victoria as the inaugural CEO. He was previously CEO of Yarra Trams and helped lead the development of Keolis Downer throughout Australia. Prior to this, Michel led public transport operations in seven countries as head of Finance and Operations for Keolis’ International Division.


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Chris Eddy

Consultant, Local Government Administrator, Presenter, Podcaster

Chris Eddy has a broad range of local government and media experience, including his current appointment as Administrator at the City of Whittlesea.


He is a former Council CEO, and has held interim CEO roles at LGPro and LeadWest. Chris is an independent member of Council audit and risk committees, a member of the Alpine Coordinating Council, and consults to councils on CEO performance management processes.


He also presents the twice-weekly podcast, Local Government News Roundup, and the VLGA Connect series of interviews and panel discussions.

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