Guiding through changing times

Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program participants at Romsey Ecotherapy Park (supplied).

Community leaders from across the Loddon Murray region gathered in Macedon in early October to learn how to lead their communities during changing times.

Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program participants gathered at the Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI) to explore the Macedon area and learn from local leaders.

LEAD Loddon Murray executive officer Brett Thompson said the program is renowned for developing future leaders.

“[The] diverse program allows participants to learn about themselves, their community and the challenges our region faces,” Mr Thompson said.

“Thanks to a financial contribution from the Macedon Ranges Community Enterprise and the Lancefield and Romsey Community Bank, we were able to develop a program centered on the VEMI conference and event centre.

“[We could use] this fantastic venue as a base to travel throughout the area and meet some of the region’s great community leaders.”

The three day program included highlights such as presentations regarding emergency management within the Macedon Ranges and managing conflict, as well as visits to Romsey, Lancefield and Kyneton.

Participants heard from local community leaders who shared experiences influencing change in community through projects and services.

Romsey resident and participant Caitlin Dinning said it was wonderful to welcome the group to the Macedon Ranges.

“The weekend was inspiring, showcasing many local community groups and members,” Ms Dinning said.

“The presenters were engaging and thought provoking, and the opportunity to connect and network with local community leaders was invaluable.”

Romsey Community House manager Michele Balthazar also participated in the program and said being able to stay at a facility like VEMI epitomises living in Macedon Ranges.

“Its beautiful surroundings provided an amazing training facility for our speakers, and a shared space for participants to connect and bond,” she said.

Applications for the 2024 program are now open, with residents wanting to become better community leaders encouraged to apply.