THREE Moyne Shire residents are among the latest Leadership Great South Coast graduation class.
Port Fairy’s Garry Peterson, Koroit’s Leon Carey and Amanda Wearne from Grassmere were among 15 graduates that were honoured at a ceremony at the Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool last Friday.
The group also included Moyne Shire Council major project liaison and economic development officer Vicki Askew-Thornton.
Other graduates were Alison Kennedy, Shane Stenhouse, Juanita Dickinson, Jordan Scott, Brendan Hawkins, Leon Senchenko, Jacinta Lenehan, Jordan Smith, Delna Plathottam, Rhonda Henry and Teremayi Manozho.
The graduates have completed a year-long course, developing four projects along the way.
These included identifying the needs of those caring for people with mental illness and producing a resource that communicates those needs, a campaign to reduce the use of single-use coffee cups, a media campaign and art installation to raise awareness of the stories and impacts of migrants living in the community and a project to create an art installation at the Koroit Railway Station.
Leadership Great South Coast Chair and Moyne Shire councillor Jill Parker said the graduates joined the ranks of a distinguished group.
“We now have more than 90 Leadership Great South Coast alumni across our region,” she said.
“Collectively, these are leaders who are all impacting our lives in some way, whether we’re aware of it or not!”
Cr Parker said the projects the graduates had worked on over the last year would have a profound impact on the community.
Leadership Great South Coast executive officer Amanda Hennessy said each one of these projects were“incredibly thoughtful”.
“They have been carefully designed and managed and all will have real social and economic impacts,” Ms Hennessy said.
“Our 2017 graduates and the alumni who have gone before them are a genuine source of inspiration to us all.”
Joining Cr Parker and Ms Hennessy on the governance committee is Karen Foster, Kevin Leddin, Bernadette Northeast, Hayden Hill, Daryl Rose, Jon Goodall, Michael Bellamy, Melanie Curtis, Anita Rank and Roger Wilkinson.
Moyne Shire Council are among the organisations who support the program.
Others include Warrnambool City Council, South West Community Foundation, the Gardiner Foundation, the Warrnambool Law Courts, Wannon Water, the CFA, SES, Foodshare and the Victorian government.