The Victorian Coalition Government will provide $400,000 to support the establishment of a program that will foster the development of the northern Mallee’s brightest talent.
Speaking in Mildura, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the Northern Loddon Mallee Leadership Program would build on the potential of emerging leaders from business, government and community sectors.
“Funding from the Coalition Government will help deliver a quality annual community leadership program that will help participants build the skills, confidence, knowledge and networks they need to become a strong and positive influence in the community and the wider region,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan said the funding, provided to the Mildura and District Education Council (MADEC), would help to develop a large pool of skilled leaders to participate in local, regional, state and national boards and bodies, industry associations, civic bodies and advisory groups.
“The program is expected to include more than 70 activities, catering to around 60 participants and over 100 people will be involved as volunteers,” Mr Ryan said.
“This program forms part of the government’s $6 million Regional Community Leadership Program, which is supporting a number of similar leadership programs across regional Victoria over four years.
“Our funding support is drawn from our larger $1 billion Regional Growth Fund (RGF), which was created to drive development across regional and rural areas, while providing better infrastructure, facilities and services.”
Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said the Northern Loddon Mallee Leadership Program would support an innovative regional business leadership culture.
“The overall $622,550 Northern Mallee Leadership Program will be funded with the Coalition Government’s $400,000 contribution (over four years), along with $35,000 from the Mildura Rural City Council, $53,000 in business funding and other in-kind contributions,” Mr Crisp said.
“Governments, businesses and the community have joined together to deliver this important program and I look forward to engaging with the region’s future leaders and seeing the exciting and positive outcomes that emerge from this program.”
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Peter Ryan MLA
Member for Gippsland South | Deputy Premier
Minister for State Development | Minister for Regional and Rural Development