Graduates inject fresh ideas into the community

SOME of the community sector’s best and brightest leaders have spent 12-months improving their leadership skills and making a difference in their local communities as part of the Tasmanian Community Fund’s (TCF) Emerging Community Leaders program.

The program, which concluded with a graduation ceremony at Parliament House in December, included 24 next generation leaders in Tasmania’s community sector, focusing on increasing their skills in governance, finance, leadership, management, communication and project management.

TCF chair Sally Darke said the program showed leadership came in many guises, with a diverse group from all corners of the state bringing a variety of different skills to the table.

“Their skills were put to great use as the participants collaborated to devise projects that will make a difference in Tasmania,” she said.

“The CommuniTree Project is a social inclusion project celebrating the diversity of Tasmanian citizens through native revegetation and interactive storytelling.

“Local communities are empowered to take parks, nature walks and unused public locations and bring them to life by creating fresh interactive spaces that showcase community stories and celebrations of local diversity.”

Professionals from SRA Corporate Change delivered the program in conjunction with the TCF across the state.

“I’m pleased to say that our participants in the Emerging Community Leaders program all have a commitment to make a difference for the long-term benefit of their local communities,” Ms Darke said.

“We are now assessing applications for our second Emerging Community Leaders program, which will commence in early 2018, where we will see new ideas, passion and relationships grow our next leaders in the community sector.”

The Tasmanian Community Fund was established in 1999 following the sale of the Trust Bank.

Since 2000, the independent funding body has provided more than $90 million to more than 2,600 projects across Tasmania, including 85 projects announced in late 2017.

Caption: Twenty-four community sector participants have graduated from the inaugural Tasmanian Community Fund’s ‘Emerging Community Leaders’ program.