THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Goulburn Murray Community Leadership (GMCL) is dedicated to identifying and developing community based leaders. Our vision is to develop leaders to be catalysts for positive change throughout the Goulburn Murray region.
An integral part of an extensive network of local employers, trainers and regional leadership programs across Victoria, the Fairley Leadership Program (FLP) is our flagship annual program and has been responsible for developing resilient community leaders since 1997.
Fairley Leadership participants do more than learn about the region’s challenges – they become part of a network of leaders from throughout the Goulburn Murray region who are working for change. At the end of the Fairley Leadership Program year, they join over 600 Fairley Leadership Fellows – Many are familiar faces, many work behind the scenes and many have gone on to high profile roles championing the betterment of outcomes for our community. They include frontline workers, volunteers, media personalities, senior management, CEOs, councillors and members of parliament.
Fairley Fellows have access to continuing educational and networking opportunities to help advance their community leadership goals.
In a year that is continuing to cause us to reflect and redefine how we think about community and leadership, 27 individuals have navigated their own leadership experience as part of the 2020 Cohort.
Get in touch if you want to learn more or would like to encourage anyone you know to take the next step towards gaining new skills, growing confidence and building resilience. It's an experience that will change your life.
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WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS SAY
“Leadership is about being the type of person that others want to follow. Surround yourself with the people who lift you up and be the same support to those around you.”
Rebecca Hearn – Fairley Leadership 2019 Participant
ONE YEAR THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Each year, a selection of the Goulburn Murray region's most promising leaders participate in an intensive 9 month program designed to unlock and accelerate the realisation of their potential to truly lead where they live.
The seminars are theme-based and include topics such as health, education, water, regional development, Aboriginal issues, small towns, the arts and agriculture. Program activities include field trips, case studies, panel discussions and presentations. Participants are also provided training in competencies such as board governance, public speaking and media skills.
The program primarily covers the Shires of Campaspe, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie, the Rural City of Benalla and Greater Shepparton but has accepted participants from Kerang, Wangaratta, Deniliquin, Tocumwal, Berrigan and Finley.