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2017 Graduation Evening


Congratulations to our 2017 Honourary graduate Barry Sullivan


Successful communities have strong leadership: Irene Grant (AVCLP 1999)


Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program

Rural Australia needs strong leadership in order to develop thriving, connected and resilient communities.

Since 1998 the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program (AVCLP) has inspired and assisted 300 people to develop their leadership skills, knowledge of the region, and their network of senior management contacts.

AVCLP encourages and develops leaders across North East Victoria and Border regions that have the capacity to build and contribute to their communities and industry sectors. AVCLP drives community leadership at a local level and helps create opportunity across the region by strengthening leadership capacity across all industry sectors.

Each year a diverse group of up to 24 current and aspiring community and industry leaders complete the highly regarded 10 month intensive experiential learning program. The Program takes them across the region and beyond to experience first-hand “best practice” in the factors that contribute to sustainable communities, the innovative projects that are being implemented in our region, and the individuals that drive them.

Our graduates can be found working in a diverse range of roles, including as Councillors, Board members, and industry leaders. They serve on Government Advisory bodies, sporting, school and community group committees, and they are active in other important organisations such as Landcare, the CFA and SES.


"AVCLP has inspired me to become more involved in my community and motivated me to be the best person I can be."

Joanne Maples AVCLP 2013

"The AVCLP Program was a powerfully cathartic experience that has developed me into an empowered, inspired individual who now seeks to understand others just as much as being understood myself."

Angela Harders AVCLP 2013

"The AVCLP Program has opened my mind, fuelled my curiosity and inspired me to become an active member of my community."

Elisha Barry AVCLP 2014

"The diversity of each group is what makes this leadership Program such a rewarding experience, and more importantly why it provides such a bright future for our region."

Anthony Wilson AVCLP 2014

"The Program has reinforced the need to be positive, enthusiastic, motivated and passionate about what you do, and to keep striving to achieve your dreams."

Brendan White AVCLP 2014

Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program AVCLP is a member of the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program Association. This is a collaboration of 10 Regional Community Leadership Programs that operate across Victoria. For information about other Programs please visit

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