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Since 1997, the Fairley Leadership Program has been developing and empowering community leaders across the Goulburn Murray region and NSW Border Communities.


Our work is built around our Community Leadership Model which encompasses three key areas of learning and exploration.

CL = Community Leadership

The development of leadership capacity at the individual, community and organisational level

Regional Awareness

An awareness of the strengths, challenges and foundations or our regional communities


Demonstrations of leadership through civic engagement and action in community


Specifically designed to develop and maximise an individual’s capacity for community leadership, the Fairley Leadership Program immerses participants from sectors and locations across the Goulburn Murray region. Balancing the exploration of leadership and community building, this unique and immersive program enables participants to realise their potential and demonstrate community leadership in action.

The Fairley Leadership Program is informed and continually evolves to develop leaders with the capacity to respond to emerging needs of the region. The program plays a critical role in succession planning for the region, continually developing a pool of emerging community leaders who are supported to engage in programs and initiatives supporting the region. 

“The Fairley Leadership Program has challenged my thinking around what it means to be a leader and the importance of looking within ourselves and our ‘tribe’ for local solutions and change”

Marissa Daly FF'23


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Alison White

sponsored by Greater Shepparton City Council

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Catherine McAllister

sponsored by Country Fire Authority (CFA)

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Melissa Best

sponsored by Murray River Council

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Neesha Woodward

sponsored by Echuca Regional Health

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Ane Fotu

sponsored by GOTAFE

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Kat Hauptmann

sponsored by Benalla Rural City Council

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Michael Coldham

sponsored by Moira Shire Council

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Rachel Williams

sponsored by VincentCare


Angie Arteaga Jaime

sponsored by Williamson Foundation

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Kerryn Giorgianni

sponsored by Gardiner Foundation

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Mohammad Ziraki

sponsored by Goulburn Broken CMA

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Roland Kalamo

sponsored by Primary Care Connect

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Ariyana Gant

sponsored by Greater Shepparton City Council

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Lynn Haswell

sponsored by Moira Shire Council

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Monica Bartels

sponsored by Goulburn Valley Water

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Shawkat Karimi

sponsored by Ethnic Council of Shepparton & District Inc. 

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Avni Bekirofski

sponsored by Goulburn-Murray Water

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Macey Phegan

sponsored by C4EM and Foodmach

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Nathan Gasperoni

sponsored by Benalla Rural City Council

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Steph Rodski

sponsored by Moira Shire Council

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Callum Phillips

sponsored by Goulburn Valley Water

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Mariola Nebiu

sponsored by Fairley Alumni Scholarship

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Naynika Bagrecha

sponsored by Goulburn Valley Health

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Wayne Muschialli

sponsored by Moira Shire Council

  • What is the Fairley Youth Leadership Program?
    Delivered in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council and Goulburn Murray Community Leadership – the pilot program funded by VicHealth, provides emerging young leaders the opportunity to develop leadership skills, explore local community issues and determine how they can contribute positively in their local communities.
  • Who can participate?
    Nominees need to: ​ Be 18 - 25 years old during the period Jan-June 2023 Be from the Greater Shepparton Local Government Area. Click here for list of towns eligible. Demonstrate an interest in contributing to the community and learning how to create positive change in the community People from rural and isolated communities, disadvantaged backgrounds, Aboriginal and ethnically diverse communities are encouraged to apply.
  • Does my application or nomination guarantee me a place in the program?
    No. The program facilitator will review applications and may interview all nominees. After this process, the program facilitator will determine successful nominations. All nominees and nominators will be informed of the outcome during February 2023.
  • How much does the Program cost?
    The Fairley Youth Community Leadership Program is FREE.
  • Will it matter if I can't always attend?
    The Fairley Youth Community Leadership Program requires a strong commitment for the duration of the 5 months. In order to graduate from the Program, a minimum attendance rate of 80% of all sessions is required.
  • How do I apply?
    All applications must be submitted using the program application form by the closing deadline.
  • How long does the Program go for?
    The program will include approximately 10 sessions and run from February, March, April, May & June 2023.
  • Can my business get involved with sponsorship?
    Yes - there are sponsorship and program investment opportunities available. As this is a pilot project using VicHealth seed funding, we believe there will be opportunities for local businesses to financially support ongoing program implementation and sustainability. Please contact the GMCL Executive Officer, Nathan Bibby on 0427 515 969 or email to discuss.
  • Where can I find out more information?
    Email or call Nathan Bibby on 0427 515 969 for more information.
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