Developing strong local leaders

Put your hand up: Goulburn Murray Community Leadership executive officer Nathan Bibby is encouraging people with a passion for leadership to apply for the Goulburn Murray Fairley Leadership Program 2022.

Community members looking to create positive change are encouraged to apply for the Fairley Leadership Program 2022.

The Fairley Leadership Program is Goulburn Murray Community Leadership’s flagship program that aims to develop emerging leaders’ skills to make an impact on the community and regional issues.

The 11-month program offers a mix of learning environments, including face-to-face, online and intensives – where participants gain invaluable access to successful community leaders, key decision and policymakers and change-makers.

Applicants do not need to be in a leadership role to take part.

Current Fairley participant and Cobram resident Austin Ley said hearing from prominent community leaders broadened his horizons.

“The structure of the program allows you to meet people who you wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to meet and talk candidly about personal experiences in leadership,” he said.

“People can actually be more open and you get so much more than what they might say at a public forum.”

Mr Ley is Moira Shire Council’s economic development manager and said the program was applicable to his day-to-day work.

“I have found it very valuable - it is a time commitment but one that’s well worthwhile,” he said.

He said the program covered how to be well informed and understand what the community wants.

“Another insight is that opportunities exist that are always there, but you need to be looking for them,” Mr Ley said.

“We also cover how to build a sense of trust - you have to understand how you lead before you can learn to lead others.”

There are about 20 participants in the program.

“We’re a diverse group in terms of our background, experience and age but we’re all interested in how to can make a difference by leading,” Mr Ley said.

GMCL executive officer Nathan Bibby encouraged anyone with a passion to lead to apply.

“With the ever-changing landscape, we need to continue developing and supporting community leaders to inspire a positive mindset and create change in the communities where they live,” he said.

Learning new skills: Cobram Fairley Leadership Program participant Austin Ley says the program is a great way to learn new skills.

Applications close on Monday, November 8, at 5pm.

For information on the program and how to apply, visit the Goulburn Murray Community Leadership website at