Applications for the 2018 Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (LMCLP), which aims to develop leaders for vibrant and sustainable communities across central and north-west Victoria, will open on 1 September 2017.

Coordinated by Community Leadership Loddon Murray (CLLM), this highly sought after program aims to engage, encourage and empower members of the community in leadership roles through the provision of a broad based community leadership program that encompasses social, cultural, environmental, economic and technological aspects of our region.

Each year approximately 25 participants are accepted from across central and north west Victoria, specifically the Swan Hill, Gannawarra, Campaspe, Loddon, Buloke, Northern Grampians, City of Greater Bendigo, Central Goldfields, Mount Alexander, Macedon Ranges and Hepburn Shires, with the aim of reflecting the diversity of the communities living and working within our region – primary industries, business, government and community.

Participants may already be a community leader seeking ways to work more effectively, or they may want to gain confidence and skills to take on a community leadership position.

The program runs for a period of ten months each year between February and November and comprises a minimum of 24 program days (an average of two days per month).

Each program day is held in a different part of the region effectively showcasing rural communities, towns, and major regional centres. Field trips to Canberra and Melbourne add another valuable dimension to this unique experience.

The program enables participants to travel across the region and beyond to experience first hand the vibrant communities, innovative projects and the individuals that drive them forward.

A typical program day includes interaction and discussion within the group on regional issues and their own personal experiences; a skills workshop; speakers on topics relating to leadership and regional issues; field trips to view innovative businesses and community projects; and reflection.

Community and industry groups, are encouraged to nominate a member to undertake this valuable learning journey. Participation will help strengthen the organisation and provide access to influential networks across the region.


Why should you apply?

Rather than listen to us, why don’t you click on these video links and hear what our current participants and graduates have to say about why doing a community leadership program could change your life.

The first video clip was produced by CLLM graduates, the second by our awesome 2016 LMCLP Marketing Sub-Committee of program participants who are passionate about the program and want to inspire you to be a part it.

You can also see some of individual graduate stories by clicking here.

Watch the video above and below to find out why LMCLP is the experience of a life time…


Who should apply?

We look for ‘can do’ people who are already, or would like to become more proactive members of their community or industry.  Some may already be on their leadership path, others may not consider themselves ‘leaders’ but will demonstrate leadership qualities:  ie:  See something that needs to be done, learn how to get involved constructively, and take a lead in making a difference.

We recruit for diversity – we try to offer the opportunity each year to a balanced and diverse group of people from all walks of life, all ages (from 18 up), representing a broad range of industries including business, agriculture, health and community services, education, government and volunteerism.  We aim for a representative spread of participants from across the 10 shires of our region (Swan Hill, Gannawarra, Loddon, Buloke, City of Greater Bendigo, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Hepburn, Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges).  The diversity and existing skills of the participants is one of the rich learning opportunities of the program.


Fees and Expectations

All applicants are required to pay a $220 (including GST)personal participation fee at the time of accepting their offer to take up a place within the program.

In addition the following fees will apply:

  • Self-funded participants – $1650 (including GST) – payment plans are available
  • Employer sponsored participants – $2750 (including GST)

A number of scholarships are also available.  For an idea of previously available scholarships, click here.

There is an expectation that all participants will attend compulsory elements of the program as well as a minimum of 80% of remaining program days in order to graduate.  If a participant is unable to meet these requirements, they will need to write to the Board outlining their reasons for not being able to attend, and why they should still be allowed to graduate.


Further Information:

Please take time to view this important information about LMCLP:

Frequently asked Questions – everything you need to know before you apply

Graduate Stories – hear what our past participants say about the program

Publications  – a wide range of resources about CLLM & LMCLP

E -News -our monthly electronic newsletter

Application Forms:



For more information, or to discuss your application, please contact Lucy Mayes on
5472 4554 or 0437 871 650, or send her an Email