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Twenty chosen for shire leadership program

TWENTY  people have been chosen from a field of 36 applicants for a place in the South Gippsland Shire Council’s 2020/2021 Community Leadership Program.

The shire’s administration panel voted to endorse the successful candidates, and to formally invite them to take part in the program, at the ordinary council meeting held virtually via livestream on Wednesday August 26, 2020.

The names of the candidates will be released publicly when they accept their place.

The Community Leadership Program is intended to encourage widespread participation in community and civic life in the municipality, to support the development of community leadership skills, and to foster an improvement in the relationship between the council and its community.

Applications opened in April 2020 and closed at the end of June 2020.

An independent, external assessor with extensive experience with community leadership programs prepared a scored shortlist of candidates from the 36 applicants.

Shortlisted candidates attended a 10-minute telephone or Skype interview in early August to discuss their individual applications.

Present at these interviews were the shire’s administration panel chair Julie Eisenbise, community strengthening coordinator Sophie Dixon and community leadership program project officer Lucinda Young. 

Interviewees were asked to provide responses to three questions on collaboration, cooperation, and conflict management, which were scored individually by the selection panel and then combined with the shortlist results to determine the final list.

At the August 2020 ordinary meeting panel chair Ms Eisenbise said “we’ve been talking about this leadership program ever since we administrators arrived.

“Delivering an extensive community leadership development program was once of the requests made to us by the Victorian Government when we were appointed,” she said.

“I am delighted with the number of applications we received and with the quality and talent among the diverse and exciting group of people who have been selected.”

Ms Eisenbise said “the process was quite laborious for the applicants, who had to write a curriculum vitae and why they wanted to take part in the program that went through an independent assessment.

“Then council officers and I attended the interviews with the shortlisted candidates that were a bit like speed-dating!” she said.

“We hope to get the program up and running, when the COVID-19 restrictions allow, and to get some ideas from this group.”

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