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
Bourke

Target Groups:

  • Cultural leaders from each First Nations clan group in Bourke - the Bourke Tribal Council
  • The impact coordination team in Bourke - the Maranguka Backbone Team and Maranguka Community Hub
  • Community groups, government (three levels), service providers, business and philanthropic partners- all working towards a shared strategy of growing up Bourke’s children & young people to safe, smart and strong

Leadership Needs:

  • Support First Nations leaders & partners to work better together to tackle the underlying drivers of the inequality and disadvantage that have been magnified during the current pandemic.
  • Individual & collective leadership development with Collaboration for Impact focused on:
    • Leading & Evaluating Transformative Change (with data sovereignty)
    • Engaging community throughout your collaboration
    • Catalysing Citizen Leadership
    • Cultural, Collaborative & Corporate Governance
    • Working with power & conflict in collaborations
    • Shared, data-driven & informed decision-making
    • Advanced Facilitation Skills
    • Adaptive Leadership
    • Deep Collaboration
  • Developing the next generation of leaders through
    • Programs designed for emerging leaders
    • Explicit succession planning

Expected number of participants:

30

COVID-19 and the drought have significantly impacted on Bourke over the last few years.. Drought has had severe impacts on economic growth and prosperity and the flow on effects have been profound, including mental health and unemployment. COVID-19 has increased isolation in an already isolated community has further exacerbated “levi bank syndrome” and social isolation in Bourke. Mental Health, education disengagement, community life, economic prosperity have all suffered. There is a lot of stagnation and fear.

  • Historically high crime rates and outcomes associated with entrenched disadvantage
  • Social isolation and limited service delivery responses
  • Ongoing impacts of colonisation and policies that disempower First Nations people
  • Significant opportunity for reform and turn around due to high levels of cross sectoral engagement and collaboration focused on shared goals and significantly better life outcomes for children, young people, and their families and community.

 

Name: Bourke

Phone: 58347900

Email: samara@maranguka.org.au

Moree

Target Group:

  • Leaders participating in community-led change through justice reinvestment (JR).
  • The JR coordination/backbone team in Moree who are coordinating the emerging community-led strategy for change.
  • Members of an emerging cross-agency, cross-sector leadership group with representatives from government and funded agencies who are coming together to authorise community-led change in Moree.
  • Supporters of the Moree strategy for change including philanthropists, government & existing community partnerships.

Leadership needs:

  • Support partnerships between First Nations JR leadership & community members & partners to work better together to enhance social & civic participation, economic growth & education/employment outcomes in Moree.
  • Individual & collective leadership development with Collaboration for Impact focused on:
    • Leading & Evaluating Transformative Change (with data sovereignty)
    • Engaging community throughout collaboration
    • Catalysing Citizen Leadership
    • Cultural, Collaborative & Corporate Governance
    • Working with power & conflict in collaborations
    • Shared, data-driven & informed decision-making
    • Advanced Facilitation Skills
    • Adaptive Leadership
    • Deep Collaboration
    • Developing the next generation of young leaders, through
      • Programs designed for emerging leaders
      • Explicit succession planning

 

Expected number of participants:

30

COVID-19, the drought and floods in Moree have had a large impact on Moree. COVID-19 and drought have led to small business closures, challenges for farmers, damaged infrastructure, reduced tourism and other significant financial and social flow on effects for the community. These effects include large scale disruptions to education (especially due to the digital divide), mental health issues, amongst others.

Future challenges/Preparation

  • Historically siloed service delivery and poor social outcomes, in particular for the First Nations community in Moree.
  • High crime rates, low educational and employment engagement are entrenched and new ways of practising leadership need to be harnessed.
  • With the current investment in Moree through the Inland Rail, Special Activation Precinct and engagement with government regional leadership, there is a significant opportunity for reform and turn around to improve outcomes for children, young people, and their families and community.

Name: Moree

Phone: 0428 694 626

Email: mekayla@justreinvest.org.au

Cook Shire Region

Leadership needs:

Cook Shire Council is the largest Local Government Area in Queensland, stretching from the Bloomfield River in the South to Jardine River in the North (106,000 sq km), encompassing over 4,500 rural and remote residents.

In building resilient leaders, the key demographic target markets are key community organisations, vast Indigenous Traditional Owner Groups and Indigenous Governed Corporations. This also includes residents living in remote areas and youth who have been affected by continuous natural disasters contributing to increasing mental health issues and inability to secure employment. This includes a key focus on suicide rates, unemployment and mental health of those who are living in extreme conditions within the Shire due to natural disasters.

Cook Shire Council aims to build resilient leaders to restore community morale and cohesion. Cook Shire Council understands the disaster management and community resiliency impacts of our community, and the continuous disasters contribute to decreasing mental health.

Expected number of participants:

140

The Cook Shire Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is required to complete an Annual report at the end of each financial year and provide the completed report to both Cook Shire Council and the Cairns District Disaster Management Group (DDMG) for endorsement (Cook Shire Local Disaster Management Group Annual Report 2020 – 2021). The LDMG has identified 7 natural disasters between 2021 – 2022, being Keating’s Lagoon/Oaky Creek Road Fires – 3 October 2020, Tropical Cyclone Imogen 4th January 2021, Tropical Cyclone Kimi 17th January 2021, Far North Queensland Tropical Low 24 – 40 January 2021, ongoing resupply operations to very remote cattle stations within the Shire and the Covid19 Pandemic in which Cook Shire Council implemented the Queensland State Government-enforced access in and out of the Shire through strict regulations (Cook Shire Local Disaster Management Group Annual Report 2020 – 2021). Cook Shire was locked down for three months.

Name: Cook Shire Region

Phone: 07 4082 0500

Email: mail@cook.qld.gov.au

Eyre Peninsula

Leadership needs:

Game Changers is a staged event series that will first present to high school-aged students, and then also to local business, industry and community leaders. It will be run by well-established Champions Academy which seeks to develop resilient current and emerging regional leaders and leadership networks within rural communities.

Expected number of participants:

200

 

Eyre Peninsula's rural communities like many throughout the world have been experiencing contraction, decline and outbound migration for generations - especially when heavily reliant on a single industry such as agriculture. Eyre Peninsula communities have faced centralisation over many decades but more recently adverse economic and climactic conditions on agriculture such as drought, and economic pressures posed by COVID19, including potential for population and tourism growth - as during the work-from-home revolution, Australians are realising they can work anywhere and are looking for lifestyle improvement in the country, and also travelling more within their own state and country rather than overseas. Now is the time for Eyre Peninsula communities to be aware, resilient and entrepreneurial - that is what Game Changers is about.

Name: Eyre Peninsula

Phone: 0417602472

Email: hello@championsacademy.net.au

SA

Leadership needs:

With the recent finalisation of the existing leadership program in Limestone Coast (southeast South Australia), there is a gap that needs to be filled through the provision of a high quality, place based leadership program targeting emerging leaders, existing leaders, and future leaders. To support the ongoing development of leaders in our region, we have also identified the need for the creation of a regional network to enable greater connection and opportunities for ongoing mentoring.

Expected number of participants:

50

 

Parts of our region are grasping with the aftermath of bushfires, as a well as the impacts of drought. The Limestone Coast is also living with the impacts of COVID-19, particularly our Tourism and Hospitality sector and our cross border communities (the region shares around 250km of the Victoria /South Australia border). The recent trade restrictions imposed on Australian exports to China have had a significant impact on some of our region’s key export commodities.

Name: Limestone Coast SA

Phone: 08 8723 1057

Email: rachael@rdalc.org.au

QLD

Leadership needs:

The tourism industry in Tropical North Queensland that has been impacted by the impacts of the Monsoon, Bushfires and COVID-19. Established and emerging industry leaders seeking support and guidance on the re-establishment of domestic and international trade ties to rebuild the $3.5B tourism, international education and business events sector.

Expected number of participants:

50

The $3.5B tourism industry has been decimated by the impacts of the Monsoon, Bushfires and COVID and is now rebuilding its domestic and international trade ties. A range of programs have been developed to support businesses looking to up-skill and re-skill their leaders ready for the post-COVID travel sector.

Name: Tropical North Queensland

Phone: 07 07 4015 1201

Email: info@ttnq.org.au

Combined LGA's Warrumbungle, Coonamble and Gilgandra

Leadership needs:

Targeted demographic 18 to 35 years with leadership qualities already showing initiative and those that with applied learning, mentoring and support will grow in leadership. participants both men and women from indigenous and non-indigenous communities and from diverse socio-economic backgrounds looking for opportunities to step up in leadership, interested in making things happen and making a difference in communities.

Through a program of supported, community based learning involving activities and application in community, the cohort of young people will develop as leaders for the future. The program will build confidence, understanding of the importance of teamwork, valuing community assets, respect and dignity working together. Existing leaders and community members.

Expected number of participants:

35

The local government areas of Coonamble, Warrumbungle and Gilgandra are rural and remote. Agriculture the main industry. A prolonged drought, the two driest years in history, 2018 , 2019, ravaged this region. Coonamble enduring longest period in drought. There is not a sufficiently broad base of other industries to offset economic effect of drought.

2020 the Covid-19 pandemic caused uncertainty, fear of the unknown and isolation of people from family and support networks. The season was a bumper crop, grain and hay stores started to be replenished. The region was beset by a devastating mouse plague. The economic impact of this was enormous and the cumulative effect on mental health from prolonged adversity was evident. There was a noted increase in suicides, and relationship difficulties. community networks have been champions in support. These people are weary, growing older and succession is a challenge. We need to nurture our future leaders.

Name: Combined LGA's Warrumbungle, Coonamble and Gilgandra

Phone: +61 408938683

Email: susanfreebairn@gmail.com

City of Greater Geraldton

Leadership needs:

There is an identified need to build community leadership capacity across greater Geraldton, which includes la large rural community and smaller towns such as Mullewa in addition to the main hub of Geraldton. Leadership development for the younger adult population would lead to enhanced establishment and sustainability of locally based initiatives that strengthen communities.

This has been especially identified as a priority in Mullewa, a town of approx. 800 residents that has been in decline in recent years and would benefit from increased community leadership capacity to support volunteerism and deliver programs that support community connection and engagement.

Expected number of participants:

25

COVID has seen the community in lockdown for a period of time in 2020, with some parts still with restricted access (Aboriginal community). Additionally, greater Geraldton was significant impacted by Tropical Cyclone Seroja in April 2021, with the impacts and after effects very much still evident, both in regard to infrastructure damage and emotional trauma. Rebuilding a more resilient community will provide support at a local level to minimise the impacts of future such events and incidents, as well as increasing capacity for recovery efforts.

Name: City of Greater Geraldton

Phone: 08 9956 6600

Email: council@cgg.wa.gov.au

Eurobodalla Shire, Bega Valley Shire, Snowy Monaro, Yass Valley, Goulburn Mulwaree, Queanbeyan Palerang - A consortium of place-based community organisations located in each region and an expert training organisation

Leadership needs:

The place based community organisations in our consortium are connected with emerging regional leaders in their area who demonstrate initiative during times of natural disaster and other challenges, and who would benefit from leadership training to increase their capacity to support the community in overcoming challenges. Each region has specific cohorts of emerging leaders with varying leadership needs. From initial discussions with locals, there is a desire for young leaders to have the opportunity to be mentored by established leaders to help them take an active role in responding to community challenges. Some regions will also use their established connections with local Indigenous communities to deliver culturally responsive leadership training to emerging Indigenous leaders.

Expected number of participants:

100

Years of drought stress on farming communities and those living off the land across these regions, followed by bushfires that took lives, destroyed properties, killed livestock and left arable land in burn scar. The trauma of experiencing the fires has left communities and families struggling to overcome the psychological distress of the events. The agricultural and forestry reliant communities in the region have lost significant income as a result, further compounding hardship. Many families in these regions are heavily reliant on tourism income and have lost both summer beach tourism and winter snow tourism for two years with fire and COVID19 travel restrictions. Flow on effects of fires and Covid-19 have had detrimental impacts accommodation shortages, impacting upon recovery efforts and further adding to community strain.

Phone: 02 626402600

Email: contact@crcs.com.au

NSW

Leadership needs:

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organization in Nowra- we are interested in accessing tailored leadership training to support current and emerging leaders in our organization and broader community. The training will need to be culturally safe and informed and take account of the cultural and organizational needs of our workforce and local communities.

Expected number of participants:

-10

Our region has been profoundly impacted by natural disasters and COVID-19. 80% of the Shoalhaven region was affected by the summer bushfires in 2019/20, and many of our small communities on the south coast continue to be impacted by this event. The floods and then closely followed by the pandemic during 2020/21 has meant our region has suffered on many levels-economically , health, social and emotional trauma, unemployment, social isolation etc. As a region we are needing strong leadership from our First Nations people, bringing their knowledge of caring for country and their people into the main arenas and influencing health and social policy; environmental stewardship and cultural revitalisation. Supporting our women to be strong leaders and active participants in rebuilding our region and significant Indigenous organizations is vital to a balanced and positive recovery.

Phone: 0418 237 161

Email: lynned@waminda.org.au

Dubbo & Orana

Leadership needs:

The Targeted Demographic would be Tafe Students/School-leavers as well as troubled, disadvantaged youths that have been further affected by the circumstances surrounding the region. Encouraging networking with like-minded peers who have faced continued crises in regional areas, by discussing/mapping resolutions collaboratively. Combating feelings of isolation and negating the impacts and the inevitable aftereffects of recent regional disasters.

Developing and encouraging entrepreneurial abilities through study, mentorship, networking, and practical work skills. Utilising a diverse demographic of mentors/local experts to facilitate in developing these skills, which will ultimately contribute to enhancing long-term capabilities that benefit a region that often experiences a lack of “skilled” workforces. Subsequently encouraging positivity and hope in the community and ensuring viability in our dramatically changed social network in a culturally safe and inclusive environment. Building mutual support and resilient networks are key to keeping leaders in regional areas and establishing adaptable opportunities for the next generation.

Expected number of participants:

25

Dubbo/Orana has continued to face adversity, situationally and environmentally.

Covid-19, Plagues, Drought and Fires to name a few of the unimaginable hardships.

This has had a significant effect, and prolonged impact on the community with regards to Mental health, Social Anxiety and livability factors pertaining to regional, remote and rural lifestyles.

With a looming threat to sustainability/connectivity, where resilience is wearing thin.

The “normal” approach to regional living is no longer applicable and needs innovative solutions in anticipation/reaction to a changing world.

Whole industries are now suffering from a Skills shortage and have been situationally robbed of tomorrow's skilled workforce, professional development, upskilling and hindering the emergence of future regional leaders. Which has had a significant impact on families, industries and communities alike.

Leading to a disconnect within communities among individuals and services.. Placing extra strain on our young people and an increase in them being socially disadvantaged.

Name: Dubbo & Orana

Phone: 0268 822 619

Email: office@dubbolandscaping.com.au

The Whitsundays

Leadership needs:

Restore community morale and cohesion by building resilience and confidence as well as preserving employment. Support the Tourism industry in developing emerging leaders, creating sustainable programs that will strengthen resilience, morale, unity and cohesion within each participant’s communities, families, social and business networks. Creating career pathways, youth and female growth and resilience as well as supporting entrepreneurial behaviours.

Expected number of participants:

100

Greater Whitsundays have experienced continued impacts due to COVID and border closures. The Whitsundays region is losing an estimate of around 25,000 visitors per week, which equates to $20M a week in visitor spend. Tourism businesses have been locked out of their key source markets along with 18 months of significant business loss (or several years taking into account TC Debbies, Monsoon Floods and Marine incidents). Communities, industry, business owners, and employees across the Greater Whitsundays face significant mental health challenges, finances, and livability. Tourism has been significantly impacted by the harsh conditions and is expected to face significant challenges through the recovery period. The Whitsundays is the most tourism reliant region in Queensland and one of the top three in Australia with 1 in 3 jobs tourism jobs.

Name: The Whitsundays

Phone: 0749 485 900

Email: reception@tourismwhitsundays.com.au

Byron Shire LGA

Leadership needs:

Youth in the Byron Shire LGA have significant and unique needs to address anxiety about the future. There is a real need to develop peer-led leadership in the community to support youth to manage future anxiety, disconnection to hope and a culture of alcohol and drug misuse. Development of youth leadership in the community will act to build resilience in youth in at a time when anxiety and depression has doubled in young people.

Youth aged 12-24 are the main target group. By involving youth in disaster preparedness and recovery efforts, youth-serving agencies can help to not only increase youths’ awareness of particular hazards, but can also enhance the chance that they openly discuss how to adequately protect their families and loved ones and understand how to seek help should their community be affected

Expected number of participants:

500

The Byron Shire community has been impacted by extended drought, devastating bushfires, significant flooding, sever coastal erosion and the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 2 years.

Hospitality is the key pathway to employment in the area and this industry has been decimated by ongoing pandemic lock-downs. The resulting impacts are shrinkage of industry and loss of present and future wages in youth and lower socio-economic families. These financial hardships will be felt for many years to come.

The region is also predicted to be impacted by future natural disasters especially floods as identified in Byron Shire council floodplain mapping projects. The area is also identified as vulnerable to future bushfire risk by the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Name: Byron Shire LGA

Phone: 0266 857 777

Email: rosalie@bys.org.au

Wimmera

Leadership needs:

Our target group would be 23-27/28 year olds next generation of leaders in our community both male and female. These future leaders are both key people in our community from an economic driver perspective and a sporting perspective. During the day they play key roles in the economic prosperity of our communities and after hours are the key people who will take our sporting clubs and associations into the next century. They will be the leaders who will provide sustainability for our sporting community post-Covid.

Expected number of participants:

25

Over 50% of volunteers have dropped out of community sport and over 30% have stopped participating. Our sporting community has been significantly impacted therefore we need to start the rebuild. Our clubs are in desperate need of a new generation of leaders who can inspire and lead with confidence and this is where our proven track record of training leaders, under our Good Governance Program in our community comes to the fore.

Name: Wimmera

Phone: 0487 824 599

Email: eo@wrsa.org.au

NSW Southern Inland Region – Hilltops, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Snowy Monaro, Goulburn Milwaree

Leadership needs:

The Attivo Resilient Regional Leaders program aims to increase retention, representation, and resilience in our future workforce. The program is designed to support regional NSW with social emotional wellbeing to build resilience and capacity to deal with changing environments.

The program will discover young talent’s purpose, clarify direction, provide leadership skills and self management skills, to enhance capability and capacity to benefit the region. The outcome is for the future leaders to remain in and to give back to the community and build strong networks with community professionals.

Mentoring, building community professional networks and maintaining strong participant connection in between formal workshops is at the heart of this program.

Expected number of participants:

25

The impact of COVID, border closures, bushfires, drought, floods and social isolation has impacted this region over the past two years. The inability to travel has affected the opportunity for professional learning, upskilling and networking within the region.

There have been clear economic and social pressures experienced in this region with a direct impact on the community, succession planning of the workforce needs, tourism and local business. The most impacted industries have been, tourism, hospitality, events, hair and beauty, and building and construction.

Name: NSW Southern Inland Region – Hilltops, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Snowy Monaro, Goulburn Milwaree

Phone: 0418 252 714

Email: attivoconsulting@outlook.com

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

 

Target Groups:

  • Cultural leaders from each First Nations clan group in Bourke - the Bourke Tribal Council
  • The impact coordination team in Bourke - the Maranguka Backbone Team and Maranguka Community Hub
  • Community groups, government (three levels), service providers, business and philanthropic partners- all working towards a shared strategy of growing up Bourke’s children & young people to safe, smart and strong

Leadership Needs:

  • Support First Nations leaders & partners to work better together to tackle the underlying drivers of the inequality and disadvantage that have been magnified during the current pandemic.
  • Individual & collective leadership development with Collaboration for Impact focused on:
    • Leading & Evaluating Transformative Change (with data sovereignty)
    • Engaging community throughout your collaboration
    • Catalysing Citizen Leadership
    • Cultural, Collaborative & Corporate Governance
    • Working with power & conflict in collaborations
    • Shared, data-driven & informed decision-making
    • Advanced Facilitation Skills
    • Adaptive Leadership
    • Deep Collaboration
  • Developing the next generation of leaders through
    • Programs designed for emerging leaders
    • Explicit succession planning