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GCLP Calls For Community Projects That Focus On East Gippsland

East Gippsland is the focus of this year’s Gippsland Community Leadership Program’s (GCLP) 27 participants, a cohort of leaders from both public and private sectors across the region.

GCLP Program Director Mark Answerth said, “Each year the program provides participants with the challenge of developing and delivering five group-based community projects within the region, projects that allow them to stretch themselves as leaders, enabling collaboration and bringing benefit to Gippsland and Gippslanders.”

Formally established in 1996, the GCLP is the longest running program of its kind in Australia. Key to the program’s repute and success is the way it enables participants to apply existing skillsets and acquire new ones through practice and innovation.

Under the auspices of the Committee for Gippsland, the program’s past projects have ranged from youth mentoring and family violence prevention programs to campaigns and facilities to help improve mental health, environmental and homelessness outcomes.

“This year, I’m proud to say, East Gippsland is the focus for all five community projects; it’s part of the program’s commitment to bushfire recovery and the health and economic wellbeing of fire-affected communities,” explained Mr Answerth.

As such, GCLP is keen to hear from community groups in East Gippsland that have a project or project proposal that could be considered by this year’s program participants; ideally a project that will leave a legacy rather than being a one-off event.

“As this is an experiential leadership program, it’s important we work with existing community groups and be guided by them as to how best to help enhance benefit their local community,” confirmed Mr Answerth.

“The calibre of our 2020 participants is high and I have no doubt that the projects they work on will contribute greatly to recovery efforts in East Gippsland and will allow each of them to return to their own communities and workplaces as more experienced, willing and able leaders.”

For further information please contact Mark Answerth 0439 750 088 or 03 5623 3219.

Photo: The GCLP class of 2019 enjoying a field trip to Canberra, gaining insight into leadership in the federal arena.