Inglewood Inspires

Inglewood community leader Stewart Luckman was proud to welcome his colleagues from across the region to Inglewood recently for a leadership skills development day. “I love my town and I love my work – It was great to be able to share it,” said Stewart. Stewart and the 26 other community leaders are participants of the well regarded Loddon Murray Community Leadership program which has been developing leaders from across the region for 18 years. In that time the program has since inspired and upskilled almost 400 people from all walks of life to make a significant contribution to their industries and communities.

Participants and presenters battled significant rain to make their way to Inglewood but were warmly welcomed by other local community leaders including Councillor Colleen Condliffe, herself a graduate of the program, Loddon Shire’s new CEO Phil Pinyon, and Mr Murray Baud. Cr Condliffe and Mr Pinyon shared their own personal leadership journeys with participants while Mr Baud spoke about the development of the new community Hub at the Town Hall and took participants through the new development. “The Inglewood Town Hall Hub is a great asset for the people of Inglewood – I hope they understand how lucky they are to have such a wonderful multipurpose facility in their town,” said Stewart.

This group of inspiring leaders have been meeting at least once a month since February to build confidence, hear and learn about regional issues and work on developing and implementing innovative ideas. “The more you learn about yourself and your capabilities, the more you can inspire others,” said Sharlene Crage, from Dingee.

The day also included Strategic Planning, and Community Governance workshops which were conducted by Julie Slater and Yvonne Wrigglesworth. Yvonne is the President of ‘Axedale Our Town – Our Future’, Chair of Community Leadership Loddon Murray and works as the Director of Governance, Strategy and Risk at Bendigo Health. Julie Slater is Deputy Chair of the North Central Catchment Management Authority, on many other boards and a director of her family farming enterprise at Corack. Mandy Grinblat, from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) ran a workshop on Grant Seeking, an important skill in any community leader’s toolbox.

The skills day was part of a nine-month leadership journey that aims to develop strong community leaders for vibrant and sustainable communities. “To make a difference in your community you need to develop the skills of a good leader and learn how to increase your effectiveness,” said Alana Newbold, also from Dingee. Applications are now open for the 2017 program. For more information, visit:

Despite one of the worst days of rain in our area, the participants enjoyed a productive day and all returned safe to their various shires around Victoria. Participants would like to thank Inglewood and the Loddon Shire for hosting a wonderful day.

Written by, Sharlene Crage 2016 Participant