The Limestone Coast Local Government Association is hosting the inaugural Limestone Coast Leadership Program, and this launched with a two-day opening retreat in Robe last week.
Sixteen participants from the seven Limestone Coast council areas will undertake a transformational personal and professional development journey over the next eight months.
LCLGA president Erika Vickery believes there is great leadership potential in the Limestone Coast, mentioning that this program intends to invest in the leadership skills of a diverse cohort in the community.
“The LCLGA is very proud to be the host of the Limestone Coast Leadership Program.”
Program coordinator Ali Auld said the community capacity building program was designed to overcome barriers that similar city based programs present in terms of costs for travel and accommodation, time away from work, and lack of regional context and networking opportunities.
“It aims to build leadership capacity and develop networks of skilled and motivated people who can support each other to take on roles and projects for the benefit of the regions community and economy.”
The Limestone Coast Economic Development Groups identified ‘mobilising regional leaders’ as one of its priorities, following repeated feedback from regional stakeholders.
The leadership program is being delivered by the Leaders Institute of SA and has been supported by key partners from local, state and federal government, business and industry and community organisations.
Scholarships have been made available through the support of regional business, industry and council leaders. They have provided scholarships, ensuring that financial barriers do not impact on emerging leaders being able to undertake the program.
Program scholarship partners are: Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund, L.V. Dohnt, Beach Energy, EML, South East Natural Resource Management Board, Disability Workforce Project, City of Mt Gambier and District Council of Grant, with in-kind support from each of the Limestone Coast councils.
The participants of the Limestone Coast Leadership Program will also work together on several community action projects that address real issues in the region.
Ms Auld said: “Many rural, regional and remote communities struggle to develop and retain leadership capacity both in quantity of leaders and extent of their skills. Sustainable, ongoing leadership programs in other states, have been shown to produce wide ranging social benefits including active citizenship, increased capacity, shared purpose, and supporting participants to be catalysis for community action.”