The 2017 Cohort of RRCLP descended on the beautiful town of Alexandra on the 31st March. The Council Chamber doors were opened to speakers and leaders that provided valuable insight on community capacity building and resilience to the 2017 team.

The speakers included Naomi McNamara – Manager Community Services, Murrindindi Shire Council, Michelle Dunscombe – MAD Consulting and the Jeder Institute, Charlie Bisset – CEO CEACA (Continuing Education and Arts Centre of Alexandra), David Hall – experienced Community Leader through Berry Street and Mandy and Rod McCracken – discussing family resilience.

The focus of the day was community planning, asset recognition and development, the importance of communication/relationship building, responding to community challenges and key components of resilience.

Each speaker provided expertise in their specific topic with detailed examples within their communities.

The key messages of the day were that: a community’s resilience is measured against how well we collaboratively plan, communicate and support each other in times of need and, we should strive to build our communities that celebrate our successes, mobilise our skills and connect to bring about positive change.

Let’s look to our community leaders that embrace community capacity building, for guidance, as they help communities define a shared common vision for our future.

Furthermore, we should all be thinking of what “gifts we can give to our community” so that we can bring a positive collective impact.

In conclusion, building communities requires collaborative participation by all of its members.

Community leaders need to take a community capacity based model approach to build resilience and hence sustainability.

Let’s make our community better! Get involved!

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