Heather Ellis, Georgie Somerset and Pam McAllister from Vision 21 / Red Earth Community Foundation

January 15, 2014

The application date for the inaugural Vision 21 / Red Earth Community Foundation leadership training program to be held in the South Burnett has been extended to Monday (January 20).

The four-day intensive training program – which is designed to shape the future leaders of the region and build local leadership skills – will be held on February 16-18 and March 16-18 at the Bunya Mountains and is strictly limited to between 15 and 28 participants.

Vision 21 chair Heather Ellis, one of the founders of the program, said research had shown that regions with a leadership program were more able to cope with disasters.

“In our region, this is an essential skill, so this is just one great reason to have our own community leadership program here in the South Burnett,” she said.

Ms Ellis said her experience in the former Building Rural Leaders program had opened doors for her to new opportunities, as well as further study and a new career.

“Learning about change and how we manage it, as well as becoming more effective in my work were just two of the many tools I gained from the program,” she said.

“We know the program will provide participants with a strong working relationship with others from across the South Burnett, as well as knowledge of the opportunities available in the region.

“Increased confidence in leading yourself and others, as well as enhanced communication skills are often a result of leadership programs, too.”

The program has come about through a partnership between Vision 21, the Red Earth Community Foundation and McAllister Leadership.

Applications are invited from individuals, employers who would like to send staff, or community organisations.

The $2090 fee includes tuition, accommodation and catering but there may be a limited number of subsidised positions available for people who cannot afford the full cost.

To become involved in the program,  contact Georgie Somerset by email or phone (07) 4168-0246.

More information about the South Burnett Community Leadership Program and application forms are available to download from the Red Earth Community Foundation website

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