The Gippsland Community Leadership Program’s (GCLP) 23rd graduation at Lardner Park, Warragul, resulted in 27 new graduates stepping-up to join a GCLP Alumni which is now 602 members strong.
A program of the Committee for Gippsland, GCLP is one of Australia’s longest running and most prestigious regional community leadership programs, acting as a unique platform for the development and growth of existing and emerging leaders within Gippsland.
The 2019 cohort was divided into five syndicates, each named after an inspiring community leader, to work on projects with the goal of leaving a positive legacy in communities throughout the region.
According to Mark Answerth GCLP Program Director, the 2019 graduation provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate the success of each of the five community projects, and to recognise the achievements of both the graduates and those they worked with.
“The Malala syndicate worked with A Better Life for Foster Kids Inc to develop three promotional videos showcasing the great work of the organisation and providing insight into the challenges and opportunities experienced by foster children,” explained Mr Answerth. “Importantly, the videos highlighted how public donations of goods makes a difference to these children and their carers.”
A sustainable fund-raising model for the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail (GPRT) was developed by the Ernest syndicate; a calico shoulder bag promoting the GPRT was sold by businesses along the trail, with funds going directly back to the GPRT committee of management.
The Bruce Pascoe syndicate engaged with local community stakeholders to dedicate a tree in a public space “A Happiness Tree” that focuses attention on mental health and wellbeing.
Syndicate Rosie Batty developed sensory and vegetable gardens to help improve the mental and physical health of residents and staff in two of Gippsland’s residential aged care facilities.
The final syndicate Rosa Parks developed a promotional video for GCLP to help raise awareness of program and assist in the recruitment of future participants and sponsors.
Elena Kelareva, CEO of GippsTech, mastermind behind StartUp Gippsland, the largest regional start-up program in Australia, and a graduate of the 2018 leadership program, spoke to graduates about the value of GCLP, particularly for those new to Gippsland.
“It’s the goal GCLP to help develop leaders like Elena, enabling strong empowered communities and individuals,” Mr Answerth acknowledged. “With the amazing quality of this year’s participants, and their determination to be better leaders in their respective communities, I am confident this group will do amazing things in Gippsland – and beyond – in the years to come”.
GCLP is currently recruiting for 2020, please contact Mark Answerth on 0439 750 088 for more details.