The Victorian Government has provided a $20,000 grant to assist with an important community leadership activity, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today.
The community and leadership activity, the 32 Hour Community Challenge, is designed to improve community capacity through an intense workshop which is followed by a 100 day period of project implementation and mentoring by the facilitators.
“Based on the theme of community safety, the activity will engage and bring together a cross section of the Warrnambool community to workshop, develop and embrace a set of future actions in a collaborative way,” Ms Tierney said.
“The workshop will develop transferable leadership skills and team relationships to build a stronger, more collaborative and empowered community, leaving a tangible legacy through the benefits of the team projects.”
The workshop will be conducted on 22 and 23 October by professional facilitators who will steer a number of industry and community teams through a series of continuous learning experiences that fast tracks understanding of team dynamics, leadership and team effectiveness.
Emergent leaders will be mentored by the facilitators during and after the workshop.
The project is sponsored by Warrnambool City Council, South West TAFE, local businesses and community participants who will collectively provide $77,500 for the activity which includes:
• event facilitation
• venue hire and accommodation
• catering, and
• advertising and marketing collateral.
“Projects like the 32 Hour Community Challenge, will help strengthen community leadership and provide opportunities for regional communities to participate in decision making processes which will benefit their entire community.”
Ms Tierney said the $20,000 grant was made available through the Victorian Government’s $3.3 million Regional Victorian Leadership program which aims to build the skills, knowledge and capability of future regional leaders.
“The program is part of Ready for Tomorrow – A Blueprint for Regional and Rural Victoria, the Victorian Government’s $631 million policy to generate new opportunities and build a prosperous and sustainable future for regional and rural Victoria.”
“Ready for Tomorrow is all about new initiatives that are creating more jobs, improving tertiary education opportunities, boosting support for businesses and industries and securing the regional and rural way of life,” Ms Tierney said.