Call for Community Leadership Program participants

Published on 22 February 2024

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Residents interested in making a difference in the community are being encouraged to enrol in the municipality’s Community Leadership Program, beginning in the first half of 2024.

The three-month program is designed to generate an engaged, proactive and diverse pool of potential candidates for the 2024 Horsham Rural City Council Election.

Expressions of interest open from next Wednesday.
Chief Executive Officer Sunil Bhalla said the leadership program was a key recommendation of the 2023 Municipal Monitor Report and would be delivered independently from Council.

“This program is intended for existing, new and emerging leaders of community groups within our municipality,” Mr Bhalla said.

“The Victorian Local Governance Association will run a series of courses between May and July 2024.  There is no cost for the participants other than their time and commitment to participating fully in the program.

“Participants will learn about community leadership, communication approaches, public speaking, goal setting and monitoring, understanding community and diversity, reflection and resilience.

“We look forward to seeing participants’ leadership skills develop for the benefit of our broader community,” he said.

Through the program, participants will:

  • Practice good governance
  • Build a strong knowledge base about the business of local government
  • Develop frameworks that contextualise their own experiences and aspirations
  • Enable and influence change.

To achieve an effective outcome from the program, a maximum of 25 participants has been recommended. Three members of the public with a background in community or executive leadership will make up an independent selection panel, to be announced soon.

All participants are to apply by submitting an expression of interest demonstrating how they satisfy the program criteria, as follows:

1. 18 years or over

2. An interest in developing own and other people’s leadership in the community

3. Motivation to participate and engage in civic life

4. Desire to use skills to make a difference and enhance the community

5. The ability to commit to full attendance at all sessions.

Application forms and further information will be available here from Wednesday 28 February. 

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