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August 30, 2017

Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program participants at Parliament House.

LODDON Murray Community Leadership Program (LMCLP) participants recently embarked on a Canberra study tour.

Participants representing diverse industries, interests and communities travelled to Canberra last week to explore leadership and power and influence as part of their 10-month leadership development program.

The program has taken them across the Loddon Murray region exploring their own leadership skills and those of others in an effort to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities.

Highlights of the Canberra trip included afternoon tea with the Governor General and his wife at Government House, briefings with members of parliament and dinner with local members Lisa Chesters, Andrew Broad and Damian Drum at Parliament House.

Federal Member for the Mallee Andrew Broad welcomed the group in question time.

Participant Louise Scott said ordinary people can do extraordinary things if they collaborate and listen to the community and one another.

“It won’t always be easy, but if we stick to our values and keep at it, together we can make a difference. We need to gather and consider opinions of a diverse range of people,” she said.

LMCLP is one of 10 leadership programs across Victoria and throughout the week and on the journey home, the group networked with and heard stories from a number of other leadership programs.

Applications for the 2018 leadership program open on September 1. It is open to people of all ages, representing all industries and sectors across the Loddon Murray Region.

To apply, head to or contact program manager Lucy Mayes at [email protected]

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