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More opportunities for local leaders


The Victorian Government is backing the next generation of leaders across all walks of regional and rural Victorian life through a new round of the Regional Community Leadership Program.

The Government is delivering $1.8 million in funding for the Regional Community Leadership Program in each of Victoria’s nine regions.

The program is designed to support existing and emerging regional leaders to build skills in planning and collaboration to meet the needs of their local areas, by strengthening diversity among future leaders.

The program aims to ensure stronger representation among groups which have historically been under-represented at the leadership table, including women, Aboriginal leaders, multi-cultural community members and people with disabilities, to better reflect entire communities.

Groups to receive funding include LEAD Loddon Murray, which develops and supports community leaders through the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program.

The group will receive funding for this program to assist leaders broaden project management, public speaking, advocacy and collaboration skills.

Since its inception in 1998, the Loddon Murray program has supported more than 500 locals to become stronger community leaders, including Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership member and Maryborough local Jess Kelly.

Ms Kelly graduated from the leadership program in 2019 and is focused on resolving food insecurity in regional Victoria through her work in the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership.

The Regional Community Leadership Program branches out to more than 60 local government areas. The program is part of the Government’s almost $30 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015.

For more information about the full list of local leadership groups and programs supported, visit the Regional Community Leadership Program page.

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