Inspired community leaders

FUTURE LEADERS: The 2017 Loddon Murray Community Leadership program participants from Mount Alexander Shire, Nicki Renfrey, Lauren Randle, Donna Fearne and Brendan Cossens with Mount Alexander Shire mayor Sharon Telford and Maree Edwards MP.

FUTURE LEADERS: The 2017 Loddon Murray Community Leadership program participants from Mount Alexander Shire, Nicki Renfrey, Lauren Randle, Donna Fearne and Brendan Cossens with Mount Alexander Shire mayor Sharon Telford and Maree Edwards MP.

Macedon Ranges representatives Charlotte Aves, Adam McKie and Dawn Bamforth are pictured at the opening retreat.

Macedon Ranges representatives Charlotte Aves, Adam McKie and Dawn Bamforth are pictured at the opening retreat.

Four Macedon Ranges residents and four Mount Alexander Shire representatives from very different backgrounds have stepped up to take on leadership challenges as part of the 2017 Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program.

The locals are among 30 participants from nine shires selected to represent their region and build their skills, insights and networks to be more effective in their work and their communities.

Now in its 20th year the not-for-profit program aims to celebrate, inspire and develop people who have passion for their community and/or field of endeavour.

Macedon Ranges participants include Adam McKie (volunteer director with the Gisborne and District Community Bank), Dawn Bamforth (Tylden-based recreational activities officer), Tiffany Speight (Malmsbury-based opera performer, coach and youth mentor) and Charlotte Aves (PhD candidate in the grains industry and board director for Australian Women in Agriculture).

Flying the flag for Mount Alexander are Nicki Renfrey (Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership), Lauren Randle (Help Assistance Local Tradies - HALT), Donna Fearne (Taradale mum and heritage enthusiast) and Brendan Cossens (Maldon-based hydrogeologist with Goulburn Murray Water).

The LMCLP held its first retreat in Echuca recently which focused on team building and successful community projects.

Nicki Renfrey from Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership is excited about the year ahead and feels that even after their first weekend together she knows she will be inspired by the others in the group.

"There is so much to learn from so many people in our community, so this kind of program is an amazing opportunity and I can't wait to get further into it," Ms Renfrey said.

Passionate Malmbury local Tiffany Speight said it was thrilling to see so many wonderful individuals in their chosen fields taking up the challenge to strut their stuff as community leaders.

"I am honoured to be a part of their journey which in turn will enrich mine."

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