Lead­ers learn about Pil­bara

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The Pil­bara was the des­ti­na­tion of choice for Lead­er­ship WA’s Sig­na­ture Lead­er­ship pro­gram field trips last week.

More than 40 par­tic­i­pants in the pro­gram landed in Kar­ratha for a se­ries of vis­its to com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions around the re­gion and pre­sen­ta­tions by prom­i­nent lo­cal fig­ures.

The group made its fi­nal stop at Kar­ratha Leisure­plex on Fri­day and were joined by City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long and Pil­bara MP Bren­don Grylls.

Lead­er­ship WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Robin McClel­lan said re­gional trips were im­por­tant to give the pro­gram’s par­tic­i­pants a snap­shot of the en­tire State.

“One of the rea­son we’re in the Pil­bara is that we are very aware the fact that we are Lead­er­ship Western Aus­tralia, not Lead­er­ship Perth,” she said.

“We have par­tic­i­pants ... sup­port­ers and stake­hold­ers from all over the State and we need to make sure the lead­ers we help de­velop into bet­ter ver­sions of them­selves, un­der­stand more about the whole State and so it’s been re­ally, re­ally valu­able to be here over the last three days.”

“It’s just been won­der­ful, and now of course we’re wrap­ping it up with two of the lu­mi­nar­ies of this re­gion.”

The group also vis­ited an­i­mal res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion Sav­ing An­i­mals From Euthana­sia, where founder Sue Hed­ley gave a pre­sen­ta­tion about how SAFE started and her lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ms Hed­ley said SAFE was hon­oured to be cho­sen as a place for Lead­er­ship WA to visit. “(I was) re­ally thrilled with how it went and I felt that peo­ple were re­ally in­ter­ested and en­gaged and I felt that a lot of them felt quite in­spired with what we do and we trust that be­ing leader-type peo­ple, that they’re go­ing to spread the word about SAFE and what we do,” she said.

“Some­one told me (that) we have very pos­i­tive en­ergy here — it was great feedback.”

Ms McClel­lan said the trip to the Pil­bara had been worth­while.

“Just from the three days here I’ve heard peo­ple of­fer­ing em­ploy­ment, I’ve heard peo­ple say­ing (they) want to get in­volved with SAFE,” she said.

“In the 70 or so hours, there’s this aware­ness and the con­nec­tions hap­pen­ing, so we’re very lucky.”

Lead­er­ship WA’s Sig­na­ture Lead­er­ship pro­gram is a course which in­forms, chal­lenges and de­vel­ops par­tic­i­pants’ lead­er­ship ca­pac­ity.

It is made up of re­treats, sem­i­nars, field trips, site vis­its, and pre­read­ing, ac­tion learn­ing and reflections.

Pic­tures: Louise Alling­ham

Lead­er­ship WA vis­ited the SAFE head­quar­ters for a pre­sen­ta­tion from founder Sue Hed­ley.

Lead­er­ship WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Robin McClel­lan, Pil­bara MP Bren­don Grylls and City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long at the Leisure­plex.

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