February 2017

Plenty of promise for 2017

Around our office, people are talking of 2017 shaping up to be a year of great promise and the AVCLP has some ambitious plans for the next twelve months. We want to offer you more reasons to stay connected with us through more events, leadership training opportunities and ways to progress your career and community contribution.  

As the beginning of the year is a time for goal setting, why not set a goal of joining one of our courses to work on your professional,   personal or community development.  We provide an opportunity to learn where you live with affordable course fees.

We plan to publish a newsletter bi-monthly this year, so keep an eye out for it and the opportunities it will highlight. We look forward to seeing many of you at our regional events throughout 2017.

Kim Scanlon, Executive Officer

Pictured: Participants from last year's Landcare & Agriculture Leadership Program take a break at Holbrook submarine.
This edition

Do you care about the future of AVCLP and want to make a difference?  

Due to a recent resignation, an opportunity exists for an AVCLP alumni member to join the board in a short-term role, from its February meeting through to the AGM in October, at which time they can consider applying to join the board as an ongoing member.  

This presents an alumni member an opportunity to gain experience on an important regional board without having to make a long-term commitment.  

For further information and to receive an application pack please contact Kim. Applications close 5 pm on 16th February.
Two firsts for the AVCLP Annual Program will occur in February and March this year.  

In February, the Australian Rural Leadership Program's Course 23 will visit our region for a week-long case study.  On the final day of their visit, they will meet and learn with current AVCLP participants at a combined program day in Wodonga hosted by Wodonga TAFE.  We look forward to meeting our national counterparts and trust that they enjoy all that Northeast Victoria has to offer.

During March, AVCLP will conduct a four-day Canberra study tour as the culmination of its year-long program, providing this year’s cohort with an opportunity to meet many of the nation’s leaders and examine local issues at a federal level.
In partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, AVCLP is delivering this popular training once again on 16 - 17th March at the Huon Hill Tavern, Wodonga.  

The two-day Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors course provides a grounding in governance for new and aspiring board directors and provides a great refresher for experienced directors.

It is delivered at a fraction of the cost of the full AICD course. Bookings close 7th March 2017.

The 2017-2018 Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program will be taking enrolments for its next program from 1st March.  Our flagship program provides personal and professional leadership development for twenty-four emerging leaders from across northeast Victoria and the border region each year.  The program commences in July 2017 and is delivered through to May the following year.  Now is the time to consider enrolling in what many describe as a life-changing experience.  For further information, please contact our AVCLP Program Coordinator Karlie Langdon


AVCLP is always looking for ongoing leadership opportunities for our alumni, and with that in mind, we have partnered with Charles Sturt University to bring a new leadership program to the region. 

Commencing in March, CSU is offering a Regional Leadership Program delivered from the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre. This course provides an extension to the AVCLP, while providing opportunities to keep learning where you live.  CSU is offering a number of scholarships for AVCLP alumni that seek enrolment in their program.  For further information contact Ilena Young, CSU Centre Manager. Register by 15th February.

GO TAFE is now taking applications for its Bachelor of Applied Management that they are delivering in partnership with Federation University.   For further information contact Jo Craig 1300 468 233 or visit study.federation.edu.au

Each month over the course of 2017, AVCLP intends to offer a range of leadership skills workshops for our alumni and community members. 

Further information will be provided as the year unfolds, but these workshops have been secured so far:
  • March 16/17, Wodonga: Governance Training for non-profits. Facilitator: AICD
  • April 21, Wangaratta: Opportunity and Possibility – the new synonyms for embracing the potential of chaos. Facilitator: Jill Briggs
  • May 22, Wangaratta: Social Media and HR for Ostriches. Facilitators: Birgit Schonafinger and Linda Griffiths-Brown
For further information about these workshops, contact Kim or keep an eye on us over at Facebook and Twitter.

Personal development opportunities

Got an idea you want to explore? Get onto a Churchill Fellowship and travel the world! A Churchill Fellowship is for anyone who feels they have exhausted alternatives within Australia and would like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar space to inspire new ideas, innovation and excellence. More than one hundred Fellowships will be available for award in 2017, each valued at around $26,000. More here.

North East Integrated Primary Mental Health Service is delivering the popular Mental Health First Aid course over two Mondays - 20th and 27th February in Wangaratta. This twelve-hour course teaches participants about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems and what to do to help yourself and others.  Flyer here and bookings can be made here.

Community development opportunities

Wangaratta “Courageous Conversations” Project
Over the past twelve months, an increase in family violence reporting in Wangaratta and district means that on any given day in Wangaratta between one hundred and one-hundred-and-twenty children are involved with child protection.  Exposure to family violence leads to disengagement from school, impacting on young people’s ability to further their education or seek employment.  The Ovens-Murray Child and Youth Partnership is asking community minded people to come together for a series of “Courageous Conversations” to tackle this problem.  

AVCLP will be hosting two of these sessions for Wangaratta and district AVCLP alumni and supporters:  

  • Session One:  Monday 20th February 5.15pm-6.45pm  
  • Session Two:  Tuesday 28th February 5.15pm- 6.45pm  

Both will be held at AVCLP’s office, Wang Central, 15-17 Ely St Wangaratta.  For catering purposes, bookings would be appreciated. To book or for further information contact Kim.

Women in Sport Leadership Forum *Advance notice*
Sport North East and the Rural City of Wangaratta are partnering to deliver a Women in Sport Leadership Forum in April. They will have a number of key note speakers who will tell their stories about being a women in the sporting environment, and promote the benefits of having a diverse board/committee/leadership team including women.  Further information please contact Celia Piesse at The Centre celia.piesse@thecentre.vic.edu.au 

In case you missed it...

The Australian Government's Building Better Regions Fund is now open and non-profit community groups can apply directly for funding. Money's available for the construction of new infrastructure or the upgrading of existing infrastructure as well as community building activities such as local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities that deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. More here.

FRRR - Small Grants for Rural Communities: Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations are eligible to apply for funding to support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia.  Grants are available up to $5,000. Applications close 31 March. More here

The Sport and Recreation Victoria - Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to assist in the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment to improve the capacity and accessibility of Victorian clubs and other community sport and recreation organisations as well as to increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers.  Applications close 15 February 2017. More here.

The Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund supports charities who receive little or no government funding and aren't big enough to generate significant fundraising income of their own.  These organisations invest in projects that will improve the lives of Victorian communities. Grants up to $50,000 are allocated during three funding rounds each year. Round 1 closes 24 February 2017. More here.
Simon Sinek, one of the most sought after leadership thinkers and consultants around the globe will headline the ‘Start with Why’ Leadership Forum in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland in March 2017. Mr Sinek first came into popularity after his Ted talk How Great Leaders Inspire Action swept across the world. Currently, his talk sits at number three on the list of the twenty most popular TED talks of all time.

Dates: Melbourne: 3 March 2017  |  Sydney: 7 March 2017  |  Auckland: 9 March 2017. *Special Rates are available for VRCLP members and friends

Contact us:
Kim Scanlon, Executive Officer
and new program development
0417 348 547
Karlie Langdon
Program Coordinator
0437 827 548
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