April 23, 2015


Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, today announced the Andrews Labor Government will secure the Regional Community Leadership Program with $8 million in funding, delivering on a key election commitment.

The new funding package, to be provided over the next four years, will be delivered in the 2015-16 State Budget under the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

The funding represents an additional investment of $2 million compared to what the program received under the previous Coalition Government.

Ms Pulford was joined by Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight, and Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program Executive Officer, Kat Baddeley, at Federation University to make the announcement.

It is anticipated the new funding will support ten programs covering all of rural and regional Victoria.

Victoria’s Regional Community Leadership Program creates strong, well-resourced networks of local people with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing their regions and the skills to do something about it.

The programs provide leadership development initiatives through structured workshops, guest speaker presentations, field trips and events.

Over 2,500 have graduated from the program since its inception, contributing over $13 million each year in voluntary community work in 1,300 organisations.

The Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund will come into effect on 1 July, 2015.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our regional communities to be the best they can be.”

“The Community Leadership Program has helped communities become stronger and more resilient – that’s why we’re extending and increasing the funding by a third so this fantastic program can continue.”

“Voluntary organisations keep regional Victoria going and we’re supporting them to continue their work.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“This program is important for our community, with more than 240 emerging local leaders graduating from the Leadership Ballarat & Western Region program, set up by the Committee for Ballarat in 2006.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight

“Over the past 10 years, the Leadership Ballarat & Western Region program has equipped local leaders to work with our community to achieve positive change.”