2024 Community Capacity Creators Program Online Application Form

  • Community Capacity Creators Program 2024

    Confidential Application

    Through major funding provided by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund, Alpine Valleys Community Leadership has received funding through the Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought (HRCPD) initiative supported by Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR.) This leadership development program aims to support individuals build their capacity and that of their small, agricultural-based communities to overcome the evolving climate challenges faced within our local region.

    Please note: Applications are open to individuals residing in or connected to Springhurst, Chiltern, Baddaginnie, Indigo Valley, and Barnawartha, as well as those from surrounding areas within the LGAs of Rural City of Wangaratta, Benalla Rural City Council, and Indigo Shire Council.

    The 7-day immersive community leadership program will run from May to September this year. Participants will dive deep into leadership theories and practical exercises, including talks from guest speakers who have the “know” and the “how”. There is also an overnight retreat and overnight regional study tour to Holbrook and Wagga Wagga, where we’ll uncover the latest in on-farm innovation and learn more about building social capital in ag-based communities.

    The program will enhance the skills of participants, enabling them to develop the adaptive capacity of their communities and the region, and empower individuals to lead change in agricultural-based communities. In a world where the challenges of drought and climate-related risks are ever-present, the program aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for what lays ahead. Learning ways to think differently; not only to tackle challenges of any scale and size, but to help lead transformative change in reshaping the future of our thriving and vibrant region.

    The five-day study tour aims to provide participants to not only witness first-hand how others in regional settings have reimagined their community, but to understand the practical elements of leading change, learning more about succession planning and the shift in mindset that underpins achieving transformative outcomes.


    Participants will learn about:

    • Leadership fundamentals for driving impactful change
    • Understanding the impacts of climate change on your community and agricultural enterprises
    • Developing adaptive capacity for communities and on-farm operators to thrive amidst climate-related challenges
    • Strategies for community development and building social capital
    • Exploring on-farm innovation from ag operators and communities in the North East and border regions to tackle climate-related risks head-on

    This project is supported by FRRR, through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. The cost for participation is $50, with all costs provided (catering, accommodation.)




    1 & 2

    Thursday 30 & Friday 31 May

    Priory in Beechworth


    Tuesday 25 June

    North East Water


    Tuesday 23 July

    Wangaratta (RCOW)

    5 & 6

    Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 Aug

    Overnight trip to Holbrook and Wagga Wagga (bus will be available at Albury in morning of day 1.)


    Monday 30 Sept

    Winton Wetlands (Benalla LGA)


    Additional information:

    • The program will be 7 days, including an overnight retreat, and a 2-day study tour Wagga Wagga & Holbrook.
    • Program days will be full days (9am – 5pm).
    • Applicants must live in or be connected to Chiltern, Barnawartha, Baddaginnie, Springhurst and Indigo Valley. Participants from broader locations within the LGAs of Rural City of Wangaratta, Indigo Shire and Benalla Rural City Councils maybe concidered.
    • Applicants must be currently interested in contributing to their community.
    • Participants must be aged 18 and over.
    • The cost for participation is $50, with all costs provided (catering, accommodation.) Catering will be provided.
    • Travel to the program days are not included. However, a bus id provided only for the regional study tour.
    • Applications close 5pm, Thursday 16 May 
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  • AVCL endorses equal opportunity in program participation; we provide the same benefits and opportunities to all applicants, without discriminating due to protected characteristics such as age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, and medical history. AVCL aims to promote participation in the program on an equitable basis, and will accommodate any participants as necessary to ensure their inclusion in the program. We encourage applications from first nations peoples, those who are CALD, living with a disability, or of any other minority group.

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