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Insight & Innovation in North East Victoria

Cobram-Barooga played host to the 2024 Fairley Leadership cohort last week, hearing from CPE General Manager Stephen Badrock, Berrigan Shire Mayor Dr. Julia Cornwell McKean GAICD, NCN Health Communications Officer, Marissa Daly FF'23 and Barooga Sporties General Manager Events, Functions & Activations Anton Noble about recent developments and innovations across the region.

Group photo - 2024 Fairley Leadership cohort touring CPE Construction's facility

Touring CPE Construction's facility in Cobram, the group were given a demonstration of the capabilities of CG&C Group’s multi-million dollar Zeman Steel Beam Assembly Robot – recently acquired with assistance from the Victorian State Government’s Regional Development Fund. The new equipment has significantly increased CPE Construction's capability and capacity, while generating an additional 24 jobs for the region.

Speaking to the group afterwards, Stephen Badrock reiterated the importance of investing locally, detailing CPE Construction's commitment to fostering the next generation of tradespeople within the Cobram area. A second stage is currently in planning, with new band-sawing and drilling machines set to create an additional 15 jobs once implemented.

Dr. Julia Cornwell McKean GAICD recently spoke to our cohort about her remarkable career, motivation, and extensive time living and working in the Berrigan Shire. Her tenacity and passion for all things local were evident throughout her talk, explaining her commitment to community has been a driving force behind many positive changes in the area.

Through her talk, Julia illustrated how she has taken on her role as Mayor with a sense of purpose and responsibility, driving significant changes in the Berrigan Shire. Julia's ability to inspire and mobilize others, combined with her unwavering commitment to her community, underscores her effectiveness as a leader.

2023 Fairley Leadership Alumni, Marissa Daly, provided a deep-dive into the current situation with healthcare providers across the region, from a shortage of qualified staff through to tight budget constraints putting more pressure on the system than ever. One of the biggest issues facing regional health is attracting and retaining staff for the long-term. Informed by her role at NCN Health, Marissa spoke about the hurdles, benefits and achievements of working with an amalgamated health service – and their drive to continue to provide accessible, quality care.

Finishing the day with Anton Noble, Barooga Sporties General Manager Events, Functions & Activations, walking us through the process of creating the new Bullanginya Dreaming Luna Light Journey. Through the involvement of Bangerang elders, artists and community members – the immersive light show showcases  local indigenous history through 12 unique activations, while also providing a shared revenue stream for the local Bangerang indigenous community.

Opening to the public in late-May, Bullanginya Dreaming has been designed to take visitors on a journey through the distinct stories, art and vibrant indigenous culture – along with their connection to the wider Cobram-Barooga community.

Leadership Team 6

Callum Phillips, Rachel Williams, Mariola Nebiu & Wayne Muschialli


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