Fischer Community Leadership Program

Applications for the 2024 program in Federation & Greater Hume will open in October 2023.

The Fisher Community Leadership Program is an initiative that aims to enable and empower leadership within the community from the grassroots up. The focus of the program is to develop leadership skills and create a group of community leaders that are equipped to take action and make a difference.

The program is aptly named in honor of Tim Fischer, former Australian politician and diplomat who served as leader of the National Party from 1990 to 1999 and who called Lockhart home. On the back of the successful pilot program delivered last year in Henty and Holbrook, funding has been secured for the 2023 program from the New South Wales Government Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 5.

The program is an initiative of Fischer Community Leadership in partnership with Federation and Greater Hume Councils, auspice by the Border Trust and delivered by Alpine Valleys Community Leadership.

Participants will receive leadership training from facilitators and guest speakers, with a focus on building and strengthening core leadership skills. A key component of the program will involve project management, with participants undertaking the scoping and planning of small community-led projects.

Key areas of learning will include:

  • Understanding yourself as a leader
  • Group dynamics and effective teams
  • Working with all levels of government
  • Working with volunteers
  • Understanding community, inclusion and effective community engagement
  • Useful social media for community groups
  • Governance/Committee essentials
  • Project Management
  • Developing successful grant applications
  • Other topics of interest

Participant Eligibility:

  • Open to all ages, from 18+
  • Current and emerging community leaders
  • Interest in creating change at a community level
  • Do not need to have existing involvement with a community organisation
  • Demonstrated connection to the LGA of delivery location (either live, work or belong to community organisations in the Council)
  • Ability to attend at least 80% of the program

Participant Contribution:
$80 (flexible payment arrangements available – please enquire with Program Coordinator)

For all enquiries and questions, please contact: Mary Hoodless, Program Coordinator
Ph: 0428 104 482    E: