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New community leaders welcomed

The latest crop of community leaders drawn from throughout the North East and Border regions graduated in fine style at the Quality Hotel Wangaratta on Thursday night.

Twenty-one new regional leaders celebrated their graduation in front of an audience of two hundred industry and government leaders, supporters and alumni. The graduates were presented to the audience by Chair, Clare Kiely, and AVCLP Patron, John G Brown AO.

The evening’s keynote speaker was, Nigel Collin, a leading entrepreneur and author of the bestselling business development book The Game of Inches. He offered the audience a thought-provoking key note address about the leadership qualities needed for developing successful organisations and businesses. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of an Honorary Graduate Award to Barry Sullivan for his contribution to regional economic development.

Over a ten-month period from July to the following May, the program participants have met, fortnightly, at different locations across the North East to advance their knowledge of the region, and to network with community leaders. The participants met, and learnt from, a range of regional and state leaders, whilst developing their own personal leadership skills.

“This year marks the graduation of the seventeenth group from the program and this means that there are now more than 365 AVCLP alumni spread across the region” said Kim Scanlon, AVCLP Executive Officer and an AVCLP 2008 graduate. All of our graduates have shown a keen interest to take on leadership roles in their communities in the future, and this group has already demonstrated this through the design and delivery of a range of community projects that have supported fundraising for the AVCLP Alumni Scholarship - a fund that provides funding support for a future participant of the program.”

The 2016-2017 participants were drawn from Mansfield to Albury-Wodonga, and many of the program’s past graduates made the journey, from these areas to the night’s dinner to congratulate the 2017 cohort.

AVCLP is currently recruiting for its next program, and applications close on Tuesday 13th June 2017.


Successful communities have strong leadership

In May, Irene Grant (AVCLP 1999) wrote an editorial about her leadership journey for The Border Mail. Irene completed our very first program and is an experienced board member who has held a variety of roles, including having been both Mayor and Administrator for the Rural City of Wangaratta. During her time with Local Government, Irene was chair of the Australian Cities’ Group, representing 30 municipalities across regional Australia, and is also a former Winton Wetlands board member. Irene currently chairs the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership.



Wodonga New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program

We're pleased to be a part of the 2017 Wodonga New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program held from May to August this year. This free community program run by Leadership Victoria provides an opportunity for new and emerging leaders to build leadership skills and capacity, and contribute to community development.

Applications are welcome from migrants and refugees from new and emerging communities who have demonstrated their commitment to community development. Apply before 3 May 2017.

Interested in supporting migrants and refugees in developing valuable connections and advice? Each participant in the program will be matched with a personal mentor by Leadership Victoria. Apply via the Leadership Victoria website

Learn more here


The Ovens Murray Regional Partnership will host an Assembly in Benalla
30 November from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. We’d love to see you there!

The Regional Assembly will bring together a diverse range of people from across the Ovens Murray area.
This is an unprecedented opportunity to share your views and talk directly to the Victorian Government and we hope you will take part in setting the future direction of our region.

To register your interest in attending the Assembly, register online before Sunday 20 November.
If you have trouble registering online, please call the regional support office on 5722 7103.


AVCLP talent database
We are expanding the range of programs we provide. We are also preparing a calendar of events and training opportunities to cater for a broad range of interests and that meet the skills needs of small community groups.

If you're a local consultant who offers skills-based leadership and/or workplace training, we'd like to talk to you and potentially add you to our talent database. Please contact Kim for a confidential discussion and to get the necessary forms for this.

Australian Rural Leadership Program
Applications are open for the next round of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.
Course 24 runs from August 2017 until October 2018. It consists of up to 50 days face-to-face, delivered in multiple sessions over 15 months. Five of these sessions take place in locations across Australia, and one takes place overseas.
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