Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot) noticeboard

Take a look at our noticeboard to find out which communities and regions have registered their interest in the Building Resilient Regional Leaders Initiative (Pilot) program. Please register your interest with us.

The noticeboard will close for registrations on Friday 29 October 2021.

Interested Community/Region Leadership needs + expected participants How has your region been significantly impacted by COVID-19, natural disasters or other crises in the past two years Contact details for community/regional organisation
Community, State and Local government based leaders & emergency personnel in Carnarvon WA 6701

Leadership needs:

There is clear and present need to skill up key personnel in 'leadership qualities' and to develop the competencies and capabilities of the workforce in regional areas to help them manage emergency events is this remote community.
Carnarvon is (5) hour from the next regional city (Geraldton) and (9) hours from Perth. The Shire of Carnarvon covers an area of (53.000 square kilometres) of diverse communities and cultures which all need local leadership in an emergency event.
Our program will be designed to invest in both the current and next generation of leaders by providing them with opportunities to learn and develop their leadership and management skills, governance through 'language' specific training and networking, which will ultimately contribute to enhancing long-term capabilities that benefit the region.

Expected number of participants:

20

Carnarvon is subject to damage and massive flooding from Cyclones or even 'tropical lows'. Over the last (10) years the Shire of Carnarvon residents have experience weeks of isolation caused by flooding without any outside support..
The most recent flood event happened in April 2021 from Tropical Cyclone Seroja and the Shire of Carnarvon and the community is still recovering from the the damage.

Name: Carnarvon WA

Phone: 0491 959 449

Email: harris.a@carnarvon.wa.gov.au

Goldfields-Esperance Region of Western Australia

Leadership needs:

Aspiring leaders in the Goldfields-Esperance Region.

There is clear and present value in enriching and the developing the competencies and capabilities of the workforce in regional areas.

Our program will be designed to invest in both the current and next generation of leaders by providing them with opportunities to learn and develop their leadership and management skills; and governance and entrepreneurial abilities through study, mentorship and networking, which will ultimately contribute to enhancing long-term capabilities that benefit the region.

Expected number of participants:

40

The impact of COVID-19, bushfires and drought has been detrimental to the Goldfields-Esperance region.

There have been clear economic repercussions and pressures on the region's logistical supply chains, skilled workforce and housing supply. Additionally there has been a prolonged impact on the community with regard to mental health, social anxiety and worsening perception of liveability factors pertaining to the regional, remote and rural lifestyle.

Name: Goldfields-Esperance Region of Western Australia

Phone: 0417 959 458

Email: director@rdage.com.au

HunterNet Future Leaders Program

Leadership needs:

The HunterNet Future Leaders Program is uniquely designed to take our region’s emerging professionals to the next level through exposure to industry-leading presenters, crossfunctional
networking, and a competitive scenario-based project experience.

The dynamic workshop sessions invite participants to share their individual experiences across various sectors and interact directly with industry-leading presenters, allowing them to leverage mutual knowledge exclusively.

Expected number of participants:

25

The program runs with 20-30 participants in more significant regions, with the ideal number around 25 as our Future Leaders are then placed into Project teams (4-5 teams with approx members).

Our participants form multi-disciplinary teams and work within a competitive business environment on a topic relevant to today's business world. Over the last few years, the Project has seen participants develop realistic and innovative solutions for contemporary issues such as global export markets, transport networks, Resilience & Rebuild in our communities and the Hunter’s ‘brain drain’ crisis. During the Project, industry-leading professionals mentor teams and present to a judging panel consisting of prominent business executives.

Our program encompasses participants from regions affected by drought, floods, fires and covid. Our program pivoted and converted from F2F as our preferred method to interactive online sessions. Building resilient, strong leadership across communities and all ages will enable our regions to flourish.

Name: HunterNet Future Leaders Program

Phone: 0414 599 636

Email: Merran@hunternet.com.au

Mid West Region, Western Australia

Leadership needs:

A coalition of organisations in the Mid West region of WA has formed to identify relevant volunteers, employees and experts from across the region and to support the development of a collaborative connected leadership to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergent challenges. Contributors include local government, key business and industries, government agencies, community service agencies and mental health services. Partners are keen to identify and support the development of emerging leaders, and to contribute to their skills in joint planning for disasters, response efforts and recovery. Regional and remote areas often experience staff turnover and mutual support and resilient networks are key to keeping leaders in regional areas.

Expected number of participants:

100

In April, whilst dealing with Covid-19 lockdowns, the Mid West was hit by Cyclone Seroja which caused $200m of damage and left 25,000 homes without power. Around 5,840 homes in Geraldton remained without power for over a week after the cyclone. For other towns in the region, the extent of damage was even more extensive and protracted, causing greater distress and disruption. Communications broke down and food and fuel supplies, particularly to remote communities, became critical. Tropical cyclones will become more frequent in this region in the future, along with rising sea levels and threats to major infrastructure. The region also deals with drought, episodic floods, and incrementally shrinking rural populations and services in smaller towns. Covid-19 remains a looming threat, especially to small, remote towns with high Aboriginal populations. Collaborative approaches to support leadership which emphasises resilience and connectivity are essential.

Name: Mid West Region, Western Australia

Phone: 0407 592 740

Email: Sandra.thompson@uwa.edu.au

Mitchell Shire

Leadership needs:

Local community, rural and regional areas whom are also suffering, more isolated and feeling the affects of the COVID 19 pandemic and its after affects. Younger population. To encourage active outdoor lifestyles, a connection with nature and social connectivity. Sporting and health well being and social interaction as well as education and support.

Expected number of participants:

50

COVID 19 has affected communities, mental health, finances, ability to live and survive as normal, people have lost their jobs. Most impacted industries, education and training businesses, accommodation and food services, so much more. People unable to travel, socialise and live normally, all being affected and causing mentally negative affects, prices of fuel food rent and bills are all just increasing while jobs and businesses are being locked down, affecting family's communities alike.

Rebuilding normal structure in communities support for local clubs, responding to infrastructure needs, and the importance of development and encouraging informed la...

Name: Mitchell Shire

Phone: 0400 108 909

Email: northernregionalponyclub@gmail.com

New England North West – Tamworth, Armidale, Narrabri and Moree

Leadership needs:

Four 2-day conferences will be held across the New England North West region, in Tamworth, Armidale, Moree and Narrabri. The conferences will be aimed at women in leadership roles, those who wish to progress into leadership roles and prospective future leaders – in recognition that women are underrepresented at leadership and management levels in Australian workplaces. The conference will be applicable to all professional business industries, with a particular theme of working in regional, rural and remote locations. A well-being component will be integrated into the conference in recognition of the high stress and trauma associated with recent natural disasters and pandemics. The conference will also act as a support mechanism for women to discuss shared challenges faced across many rural and remote townships. An online self-sustainable alumni group will be created - a forum for women to share experiences, resources and maintain contact for networking and service collaboration.

Expected number of participants:

50

Over the past five years, the NENW region has endured unimaginable hardships, being among the hardest hit by drought, fires, floods and mice plaques. Lives were lost, homes and properties, families and businesses have sustained huge financial losses and the impacts to adults, children's and families mental health and social and emotional well-being is well-documented. Community cohesion has also suffered.

COVID has had various impacts to regional and rural NSW due to its remoteness. Travel to attend training in larger centres has been halted. This leads to missed opportunity for professional development and leadership upskilling. Online conferences lose the face-to-face impact and networking opportunities. COVID has also led to disconnection within communities among individuals and services. Whilst recovery in the region is positive, some may take years to regain their previous state. Individuals, families and businesses are continually seeking out best practices towards recovery and future planning.

Name: New England North West – Tamworth, Armidale, Narrabri and Moree

Phone: 0427 764 700

Email: f.fitzsimons@centacarenenw.com.au

South West WA

Leadership needs:

Emerging group - preferably under 30 years of age including those from: areas impacted by the coming closure of native logging; those engaged with funded projects and their development; emerging Aboriginal leaders; those from regional centres; volunteers; community and business - particularly tourism and primary industries. The aim would be to target a diverse and special group of young men and women with the potential to deliver legacy benefits through practical training and personal development.

Expected number of participants:

30

Impact on forestry closures and generally the development of a region where primary industry and COVID-hit tourism have contributed to a two-tier economy in which some are doing very well and others are being left behind. The region needs everyone to progress.

A cross-sectoral group will better understand layered issues and work together for the future with a cross-pollination of backgrounds, interests, experiences and knowledge building resilience and working towards local and region-wide solutions.

Name: South West WA

Phone: 0434 641 111

Email: director@rdasouthwest.com.au

Riverina

Leadership needs:

Drought, floods and the impact of border closures on struggling small communities and villages in this region has taken its toll. Homelessness and economic disadvantage is increasing, house and rental prices are soaring, transport and travel are limited. Collaborative leadership and mentoring will provide support, build skills and resilience, encourage positivity and hope in the community and ensure viability of our towns and villages.

Expected number of participants:

10 - 15 young and mature adults will ensure viability and reach throughout the communities

Covid has caused border closures, divided communities, increased social isolation and added a layer of uncertainty and fear on communities recovering from drought, impacts of fires, floods and other local disasters. Mental health services are stretched, suicide rates have risen in our young people and social disadvantage is also increasing. Building resilient, strong leadership across communities and all ages will enable people to access effective support, have hope and purpose and develop and embed social capital

Name: Riverina

Phone: 02 6033 1738

Email: support@amaranth.org.au

Western - Brewarrina

Leadership needs:

Brewarrina has a shortcoming in growing emerging leaders in a culturally safe and inclusive environment. Often voices within the community that can contribute new ideas and innovative solutions are unable to articulate this in a leadership capacity. There is a shortage of grassroots inclusive leadership. The Aboriginal Lands Council have outstanding leadership and are often leaned of for areas outside of their core business, the growth of other leaders can strengthen the collective expertise and confidence of the community which can then translate into community growth.

Expected number of participants:

5

COVID-19 Lockdown and effects of social emotional wellbeing due to disconnection of protective factors for social emotional wellbeing.

Name: Western - Brewarrina

Phone: 0437 588 782

Email: yarruu@outlook.com

Western NSW, Dubbo, Bourke, Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Parkes, Nyngan, Cobar

Leadership needs:

Existing and emerging Aboriginal leaders in general community and community focused areas such as health, employment, education.

Create focus groups between Elders, community leaders and Youth leaders so a holistic approach can be developed to unify communities and streamline community development.

Expected number of participants:

20 to 50

Yes, Drought, Mouse plague and Covid.

The region is basically resilient with past natural disasters such as fire, flood and drought being lessons learnt. Covid is a new threat and needs special attention so future wont be as badly impacted as at present, Communities need to unite with education programs so Covid just becomes another Flu type disease with regular boosters being a normal part of society

Name: Western NSW, Dubbo, Bourke, Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Parkes, Nyngan, Cobar

Phone: 0410 335 335

Email: pauls@spin.net.au

Wheatbelt Western Australia

Leadership needs:

Resilience and networks amongst business owners and local government community and economic development officers

Expected number of participants:

40

Drought affected in 2019-20; COVID impacts around supply chain, workforce and housing issues 2020-21.

Name: Wheatbelt Western Australia

Phone: 0428 372 179

Email: mandy.walker@rdawheatbelt.com.au