Casuarina Leadership Program

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Applications for the 2022 program are now closed

The Casuarina Community Leadership Program works with budding community leaders to develop their unique knowledge, skills, care and connections enable them to work collaboratively with their communities to develop a community project or social enterprise.

The program provides emerging leaders with the opportunity to:

  • Progress a change they want to make in their community

  • Learn  more about leadership and working with others in their community 

  • Meet other people across the Surf Coast who are aiming to make change in their community

  • Get experience working with local government, and

  • Build your knowledge and understanding of First Nations culture

    Program Dates

The program will run between March and May 2022. A summary of the dates and topics is as follows:

Session  Date Time Topics Covered Location
 1 Saturday 19th March 9.30am - 2.00pm Introduction - mapping leadership journey / group agreement developed KMCC face to face
 2 Thursday 24th March 6.30pm - 8.30pm Working in two worlds - First Nations Leadership.  Working and engaging with First Nations people Zoom 
 3 Saturday 26th March 9.30am - 2.00pm Community led actions and projects.  Community development principles, framework and practice KMCC face to face
 4 Thursday 31st March 6.30pm - 8.30pm Leadership styles and personality profiles.  Learning own leadership styles Zoom
Saturday 2nd April 9.30am - 2.00pm Planning grass roots community projects.   Council Chambers
Thursday 7th April 6.30pm - 8.30pm In conversation with local community leaders.  Discuss process, journey, highs and lows with 2021 program participants Zoom
7 Saturday 30th April 9.30am - 2.00pm Who is your mob?  Story telling exercise to highlight the significance of community connections, cultural practices and power of shared knowledge KMCC face to face
Thursday 5th May 6.30pm - 8.30pm Developing a marketing strategy for a community initiative.  Steps taken by a local leader to kick start a community initiative and engage the community through powerful marketing strategy Zoom
 9 Saturday 7th May 9.30am - 2.00pm Understanding First Nations stories and culture.  The history of the land and its first people Torquay Community House
 10 Thursday 12th May 6.30pm - 8.30pm Role of local government.  Structure of local government and decision-making processes  Zoom
 11 Saturday 14th May 9.30am - 2.00pm Presentations and Yarning circle.  Opportunity for participants to present ideas, projects and/or learnings.  Yarning circle to share experience of participating in the program KMCC face to face


Please note

  • This is a draft program outline, so some aspects of the program may change, especially due to changing COVID19 restrictions

  • Participants should note that project work will be required outside of these session times

To be eligible for the program you must:

  • Live, work, study or volunteer in the Surf Coast Shire

  • Be 18 years or older* , and

  • Commit to attend at least eighty percent of the program sessions. (link to table above)

If you are under 18 years of age and are interested in applying for the Casuarina Community Leadership Program, please contact Terri Hannan on the contact details listed at the bottom of this web page.

Participant applications will be assessed by a panel against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated passion for driving community change and improvement. (35%)

  • Desired learning outcomes align to the program. (30%)

  • Diversity - Surf Coast Shire Council aims to ensure there is a diverse range of participants on the program, hence the applicant’s location, gender, cultural heritage, age, lived experience of disability and area of interest (such as social, cultural and environment) will be considered. (35%)

The Casuarina Community Leadership program is free for successful applicants

For more information please contact:

Terri Hannan 


Call: 03 5261 0666 or  0407 829 308 

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