Making a Difference...
Effective Leaders, Vibrant Communities, Real Outcomes
Empowering and inspiring leadership for vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities
At LEAD Loddon Murray we provide communities with the confidence and knowledge to be strong and lead themselves. Communities know themselves best. Therefore when they identify and solve an issue themselves, the results are deeper, and more effective and sustainable.
We support people to learn rather than just give solutions to a problem. LEAD Loddon Murray enhances leadership in individuals and groups by building relationships, developing skills, raising awareness and demonstrating great leadership.
To us, a community is where people live, work, play and study. People in these communities have a strong sense of belonging. We celebrate our diversity by welcoming and supporting each other. We feel excited and empowered to contribute to a prosperous region. Our communities are agile and respond to our own changing needs by creating opportunities and offering solutions. We are the key to our own success.
Making a difference is important to us.
Community Leadership Loddon Murray (CLLM) Inc. is a not-for-profit incorporated association with charitable status aiming to empower and inspire leadership for vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities.
Incorporated in 2005,Community Leadership Loddon Murray (CLLM) Inc. is governed by a voluntary Board of Management comprising ten members – six graduates of the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (LMCLP) and four independent members chosen for the skills, knowledge and networks they bring to the organisation.
The organisation employs an Executive Officer to facilitate the delivery of the organisation’s Strategic Plan. Other part-time staff include a LMCLP Program Manager, Events Director and an Office Mananger.
The organisation has an annual budget of approximately $500,000 (2015 financial year) derived from a funding mix of government grants, philanthropic contributions, corporate sponsorship, participant fees and revenue-raising activities.
Vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities.
A community is where people live, work, play and study. People in these communities have a strong sense of belonging. We celebrate our diversity by welcoming and supporting each other. We feel excited and empowered to contribute to a prosperous region. Our communities are agile and respond to our own changing needs by creating opportunities and offering solutions. We are the key to our own success.
To empower and inspire leadership.
At Community Leadership Loddon Murray we provide communities with the confidence and knowledge to be strong and lead themselves. Communities know themselves best. Therefore when they identify and solve an issue themselves, the results are deeper, and more effective and sustainable.
We support people to learn rather than just give solutions to a problem. Community Leadership Loddon Murray enhances leadership in individuals and groups by building relationships, developing skills, raising awareness and demonstrating great leadership.
We also consider as part of our community the many different groups that we partner with to achieve our Vision, including Government, leadership networks, philanthropic organisations, corporate sponsors, media, and community organisations.
Integrity: We operate in an open, transparent and sustainable manner at all times, and aim to conduct our relationships with honesty, trust and compassion. We value diversity within our organisation, our program areas, and our communities.
Innovation: Our actions foster creative ideas and identify opportunities to grow our communities. We are committed to lifelong learning, personal growth and self-awareness.
Inspiration: We engage, encourage, and empower individuals and communities.
Everything that we do, we do it to for the benefit of our region. Our work spreads across almost a quarter of the state, from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council in central Victoria to Mildura Rural City Council in the North West, with some of our work taking us beyond these boundaries across rural and regional Victoria.
The Loddon Mallee region is expansive and diverse, spanning just under 59,000 square kilometres – the largest region in Victoria and includes ten local government areas stretching from the outskirts of Melbourne to far north-western Victoria bordered on the northern edge by the Murray River.
Our region is home to the prosperous and vibrant regional cities of Bendigo, one of the State’s largest and fastest growing regional cities, and Mildura, the major regional city for the north of the Region and the largest urban centre on the edge of the outback. Echuca, Swan Hill, Castlemaine, Gisborne, Kyneton, Maryborough and Kerang are also important centres, offering employment and lifestyle services.
Our major industries include agriculture (26% of all businesses in the Loddon Mallee region), retail, health, tourism and manufacturing. More than 80 of our communities have populations of less than 1,500 residents, but continue to strive to meet local and regional needs of their residents both now and into the future.
Source: Loddon Mallee RDA Strategic Plan
Community Leadership Loddon Murray Inc. began as the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (LMCLP) in 1998 and arose from a consultation process to look at the future of the northern irrigation district following a leak in Torrumbarry Weir in the mid 1990’s.
At the time, governments at both Federal and State levels were unsure as to whether or not the Weir should be repaired, so a Committee was established to look at the future of the Northern Victorian Irrigation Region comprising representatives of both levels of government, and local landholders.
A range of community consultation activities was undertaken, and out of this process came the Loddon Murray 2000+ Rural Partnership Program which found that the region did indeed have huge potential with good soils, an excellent climate, and good access to water, but there was a need to build local community capacity in order to empower people to take advantage of the opportunities available within the region.
And so LMCLP was born and supported by government funding for the first three years while getting established, with the first group of 23 participants taking part in the program in 1998, under the direction of part-time Program Coordinator and a voluntary Committee of Management.
In 2002, when the implementation of the Loddon Murray Plus+ Program was completed, the LMCLP became auspiced by the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA), and the catchment area for participants enlarged to include north central Victoria.
To facilitate this, a full-time Coordinator was appointed and for the next four years the program continued to be auspiced, and predominantly funded by, the NCCMA, but by the end of 2005 it was becoming clear that this source of funding was no longer guaranteed and a decision was made for LMCLP to become an incorporated association in its own right, a process complete by the end of the 2005 program year.
In 2006 the program year began operation as independent association with a new Coordinator, and a motivated Board of Management who worked tirelessly (and continue to do so) to secure the funding necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program.
The first Strategic Plan for the new incorporated association was completed in 2008, with the major recommendation that the organisation change its name to Community Leadership Loddon Murray Inc. to better reflect the broad range of programs the organisation now delivers, one of which is the annual LMCLP.
The Community Leadership Industry…
The Australian community leadership industry is diverse to reflect the different needs of communities across this vast geographically dispersed nation.
Victoria has the honour of being the only state in Australia to boast nine independent regional community leadership programs (CLPs) in addition to three Melbourne based CLPs. The Leaders Institute of South Australia offers a range of leadership programs for residents of Adelaide and regional south Australia, with Leadership WA does the same in this state. Social Leadership Australia (a division of the Benevolent Society of South Australia) operates leadership programs in both New South Wales and Queensland and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation offers a national program for emerging leaders from rural and regional Australia.
An injection of funding support from the Victorian Government has provided each of the 10e regional Victorian CLPs with funding security for the next four years and the opportunity to leverage this support to ensure long term viability of their programs. In a further demonstration of its commitment to supporting community leadership programs the Government is also funding a state secretariat to support the CLPs, their Boards and staff.