Amer­i­can del­e­ga­tion stud­ies Neerim South

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

Twenty-five course di­rec­tors of lead­er­ship pro­grams across the United States toured Gipp­s­land last week.

The three-day tour con­cluded on Mon­day, with the del­e­ga­tion at­tend­ing a com­mu­nity din­ner at Neerim South’s Al­gie hall, which had more than 90 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

The del­e­ga­tion used the Neerim dis­trict as a case study in how small ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties work as part of their Aus­tralian study tour.

The tour pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to com­pare and con­trast liv­ing and work­ing in small ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in the two coun­tries.

The visi­tors were briefed on the Neerim com­mu­nity, its eco­nomic as­sets and 1200 peo­ple.

Amer­i­can visi­tors from Penn­syl­va­nia and Alabama gave in­sights into US ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties at the com­mu­nity din­ner.

The Amer­i­cans’ time in Gipp­s­land also took in a sheep, goat and buf­falo cheese mak­ing op­er­a­tion at Bena, the pen­guin pa­rade at Phillip Is­land, a com­mu­nity lead­er­ship work­shop with grad­u­ates from Aus­tralian lead­er­ship pro­grams at In­ver­loch, a visit to Pow­er­works at Mor­well and brief­ings by La­trobe City Coun­cil and Com­mit­tee for Gipp­s­land.

The com­mu­nity din­ner at Al­gie hall was jointly or­gan­ised by the Neerim Dis­trict Progress As­so­ci­a­tion, Neerim Dis­trict Health Ser­vice, Neerim Dis­trict Lions, Neerim Dis­trict Com­mu­nity House and Men’s Shed, Food Relief Neerim Dis­trict and the Al­gie hall com­mit­tee.

Fol­low­ing the visit to Gipp­s­land, the del­e­ga­tion con­tin­ued their Aus­tralian visit by tak­ing in the Wan­garatta area in north­ern Vic­to­ria.

US lead­er­ship pro­gram: Agribusi­ness Gipp­s­land board mem­ber Paul Ford (pic­tured at right) wel­comes the del­e­ga­tion of Amer­i­can lead­ers to their visit to West Gipp­s­land.

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