The Limestone Coast Local Government Association (LCLGA) is currently hosting the ‘Inaugural Limestone Coast Leadership Program’, which launched with a two day opening retreat in Robe last week.
The program will take place over the next eight months and will journey sixteen participants from the seven limestone coast council areas through a personal and professional development transformation.
LCLGA president Mayor Erika Vickery said there was great leadership potential in the Limestone Coast and the program would invest in the leadership skills of a more diverse cohort in the community.
“The LCLGA is very proud to be the host of the Limestone Coast Leadership Program,” she said.
LCLGA 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,” she 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.”
The Limestone Coast Economic Development Groups (a formal subcommittee of the LCLGA) 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 who recognise the value in a program such as this.
They have provided scholarships to ensure that financial barriers do not impact on emerging leaders being able to undertake the program.
The participants of the Limestone Coast Leadership Program will also work together on several community action projects that address real issues in the region.
Workshop sessions will be held over the next 6 months, delivered in each of the seven limestone coast council areas.
Applications for the 2020 LCLP will open in July.
Business, industry and community organisations are invited to partner in this community capacity building program through sponsorship or scholarships, with a prospectus available from Ali Auld firstname.lastname@example.org.