BENDIGO mayor Margaret O'Rourke will serve a third consecutive term as chair of Regional Cities Victoria.
Cr O'Rourke ran uncontested for the role, with Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie elected as deputy chair.
"Regional Cities Victoria will continue to fight for investment in infrastructure, services and programs in regional cities and towns to ensure we continue to maintain a high standard of living for our communities and our state," Cr O'Rourke said.
The leadership group consists of the mayors and chief executive officers of Victoria's 10 largest regional cities.
Regional Cities Victoria serves to represent regional interests to state and federal governments.
It is preparing to lobby governments at both levels for more funding for regional priorities in upcoming budgets.
"I commit to doing everything in my power to be an effective voice for our regions, and our communities, in Spring Street and Canberra," Cr O'Rourke said.
She this week made history in Greater Bendigo by being elected mayor for a fourth consecutive time in the one council term.
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