We Facilitate Conversations

As part of our new CLLM Strategic Plan (2015-2020) we will be facilitating a broad range of conversations designed to align with our vision and mission of empowering and inspiring leadership for vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities.

By initiating conversations that count, as well as working on behalf of others to manage important discussions, we want to inform and empower our communities about issues that matter to our region.


2017 Events

Vision of the Region Dinner, Bendigo

The 2017 Vision of the Region dinner bough together more than 80 people to hear from guest speakers Nigel McGuckian, Chair, Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership, Khaysie Tilak-Ramesh, COGB, Youth Citizen of the Year, Ian McBurney, Sustainability Speaker, Facilitator, MC, Educator & Author and Penny Wilkinson Chair, Community Foundation for Central Victoria.

Nigel kicked off the panel with a fantastic overview about innovation in our region and creating an environment where innovation can thrive.  He said ” we need to be open-minded and open-hearted to create an environment where people and communities can innovate”.

Ian went on to challenge people’s thoughts around sustainability/environment and economy. Ian talked about new forms of transport, energy and technology. He spoke passionately about the rise of the localised and shared economy. A key message from Ian was, that as community leaders it is our time to shine in the next decade or two! He quoted work that he’d seen that said ” the three attributes of a 21st leader are flexibilty, selflessness and ready to collaborate.

Khayshie’s address was inspiring, her passion and insights around youth in our communities commanded everyone’s full attention. Khaysie shared stories that highlighted key aspects that we need to consider for our youth into the future.  From many memorable quotes, a couple that really resonated with the whole room were “Youth need a catalyst to help realise their dreams, they have great ideas, but often don’t have the resources to reach their potential – so be the catalyst that turns adversity into success” and take a chance on youth – be the person you needed when you were young”.

The panel concluded with Penny talking about the enormous capital we have in our communities in terms of time, resources, ideas, energy and money.  Penny shared the details about the Big Give that took place in Bendigo last year and saw 70 odd community groups benefit from locals giving where they live.  Overall it was an inspiring night and certainly provided many opportunities and challenges for people to think about for their own communities.


2016 Events

Your Conversation: Our Action Agenda for Health and Wellbeing Forum

In collaboration with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and the Victorian Regional Community Leadership IMG_1628Program (VRCLP) this forum was held on Thursday 17 March 2016.

Attendees heard about the unique health issues facing our community and insights from this forum have helped to inform VicHealth, VRCLP and the Community Leadership Loddon Murray Inc. in developing broader strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.



CLLM Vision of the Region Dinner, Bendigo 

More than 90 people attended the 2016 Vision of the Region Dinner held in Bendigo on Friday 15 April 2016. The event hosted by Community Leadership Loddon Murray brought together an exceptional panel of 4 speakers to provide a thought provoking address about the future of our region.DSCN0224

The panel of speakers included Stan Liacos the Regional Director with Regional Development Victoria, Robyn Lindsay the Executive Director of Acute Health with Bendigo Health, Leah Sertori the Chief Executive Officer of the Bendigo Business Council and Peter Tuohey the President of the Victorian Farmers Federation.

Community Leadership Loddon Murray was proud to work with Regional Development Australia as our major sponsor of the evening to deliver this dinner which brought together leaders and community members.