Leadership Lessons from Canberra for Local Communities

Participants in the Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program (RRCLP) have just returned from a 3 day Study Tour to Canberra to better understand politics, their impact on our community and how locals can influence the agenda.

Common themes discussed with Members of Parliament included creating a culture of leadership in your community with strong values and connection by empowering people and being in touch with those you represent. Another clear message was that effective leaders are responsible for suggesting solutions to cultivate progress; it requires vision, collaboration and a willingness to embrace some risk.

RRCLP introduces participants to leaders with a range of experience and backgrounds over the ten-month course from March to December each year.  They explore opportunities for the region, gain lifelong connections and provides advancement both professionally and in community leadership roles.

Ros Affleck, RRCLP Board Member believes that the program will “develop leaders versed in our common issues that over time will create a foundation to build thriving and resilient communities. Local issues including interface council pressures, population growth, environmental issues and increasing cultural diversity will require innovative leaders to drive change to meet these challenges into the future.”

If you are committed to making your community vibrant, sustainable and resilient, then the RRCLP is for you. Applications for next years program open next month and provide one of the most transformational experiences of a lifetime – the Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program.

Thank you to the generous support from organisations across the region, this program continues to positively impact our local communities, organisations and business to build a connected leadership network across Mitchell, Murrindindi, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra Ranges.

If you are interested in applying or becoming a sponsor organisation visit www.rrclp.org.au, follow @RRCLP1 on Twitter, find us on Facebook or contact Executive Officer Lisa Linton M: 0409 287 577 or E: pm@rrclp.org.au.

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