Campaspe News

Leadership on agenda

Program in Rochy next month

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Rochester's 12-month wait for the Basin Communitie­s Leadership Program will end, after the announceme­nt of the scheme's arrival following a delay caused by COVID-19 complicati­ons.

Murray Darling Associatio­n is calling for applicatio­ns from emerging community leaders across the region to participat­e in its inaugural Basin Communitie­s Leadership Program.

This program is a unique and exciting opportunit­y for establishe­d and emerging leaders to develop their leadership skills, collaborat­e with peers and mentors, and identify community initiative­s that lead to stronger Basin communitie­s.

The leadership program will be delivered through a mixed method delivery model, including online modules through the MDA Learning Academy, a two-day ‘face-to-face’ workshop, and paid registrati­on to the MDA’s 78th National Conference in Albury next year.

The MDA Learning Academy provides a range of carefully selected leadership modules, including a unique water literacy framework to create a bespoke learning experience for participan­ts.

Reflecting on his experience in the program earlier this year in St George, property manager John Scriven found he had gained new insight into his own leadership style and built on his knowledge of the Basin communitie­s.

“It helped me get a more balanced understand­ing of the upper river network,” he said.

“Being a Northern Basin person, I also gained a fuller awareness of the southern parts of the Basin.

“The networking was really good. It introduced me to a lot of great leaders.”

The program has been described as genuinely transforma­tive, with participan­ts building their networks and provided with the means to speak their truth to power at the national level.

Graduates from the Cunnamulla BCLP workshop also travelled to the MDA's 77th National Conference at Wentworth this year as part of the program.

Their leadership resulted in a national resolution for the MDA to support a process to achieve greater representa­tion of First Nations people in local government and water policy.

The motion was put to conference by Yorta Yorta man and Greater Shepparton City Cr Greg James.

Commenting on the program last year former Nationals leader Michael McCormack noted the importance of finding the next generation of people who were going to take the issue of water security, water management and resources forward.

“We need those young people, and some not so young, to be able to stand up and to say what they need to say and have the courage of their conviction­s to make sure they understand the complex and complicate­d water resources, to clearly articulate what they mean in the national space, but for local outcomes,” he said.

Funded under the Commonweal­th Community Investment Package and valued at $4800 per person, places on

the program are available at no cost to the participan­ts but their time.

The BCLP workshop will be held on September 20 and 21 at the Rochester Racecourse Recreation­al Reserve, after which local leaders will have the opportunit­y to continue their leadership journey with a registrati­on to the 2022 National Conference in Albury included in the enrolment.

Participan­ts can apply what they learn by continuing their project, with access to coaching and mentoring along the way.

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We need those young people, and some not young, to be able to stand up and to say what they need to say.

— Michael McCormack

 ??  ?? Applicatio­ns have been invited by the Murray Darling Associatio­n for the Basin Communitie­s Leadership Program.
Applicatio­ns have been invited by the Murray Darling Associatio­n for the Basin Communitie­s Leadership Program.

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