Fischer Community Leadership Program

The Fischer Community Leadership Program is an initiative that enables and empowers 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.

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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 in 2022 across Henty and Holbrook, funding was secured for the program to be delivered in 2023 and 2024 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.

2024 Programs

The Fischer Community Leadership Program is again running in Federation and Greater Hume Councils in 2024, with the program now offered as an  immersive workshop format.

Participants will dive deep in leadership fundamentals, connecting with local leaders 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.

Dates & Locations:

  • Greater Hume Council
    Workshop in Walla Walla, Friday 30 August and Friday 6 September 2024
    Online sessions: 7pm – Monday 23 September and Monday 30 September 2024
  • Federation Council
    Workshop in Urana, Friday 13 and Friday 20 September 2024
    Online sessions: 7pm – Monday 30 September and Tuesday 8 October 2024

Key areas of learning will include:

  • Understanding of personal leadership styles, strengths and challenges
  • Learnings from established community leaders
  • Understanding of the three levels of government
  • The importance of inclusion and diversity
  • How to run an effective committee and effective meetings
  • How to write a successful grant application
  • How to use social media effectively for your community group
  • The fundamentals of a community project
  • Strategies for community engagement

You should apply if you:

  • Are motivated to participate and engage in community life
  • Have a desire to use your skills to make a difference and enhance your community
  • Emerging and current community leaders, this could include:
    • Captains, coaches and other sporting leaders,
    • Local committee leaders
    • Emergency services volunteers
  • Can commit to attending all the workshops
  • Demonstrated connection to the LGA of delivery location (either live, work or belong to community organisations in the Council)
  • Ability to attend both full day sessions
  • Are 18+

Time Commitment:

  • 2 x 7 hour workshop days as outlined above for either location
  • 2 x evening zoom sessions

Participant Contribution:
$60 (flexible payment arrangements available – please enquire with Program Coordinator)

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

Applications close: Sunday 11th August 2024