In a small community like Beechworth, does an old-fashioned telephone tree still work? Are paper newsletters still the rage, or have we all embraced websites and social media? How would residents be best informed if there were a disaster? Let's find out.
After eighteen months with the Australian Rural Leadership Program, my cohort graduated last night in Perth. We started strong last May, roughing it in northern Western Australia and since then, we've travelled across the country and to Indonesia, spending time with politicians, industry leaders, local government leaders, primary industry, secondary industry and tertiary institutions.
There are 98,000 registered electors here in Indi, and at the last election, the result came down to a difference of 439 votes. It's set to be another nail-biter in a few months’ time. One in four young people eligible to vote are not enrolled; imagine the difference they could make to our election outcome.
I recently caught up with PR whiz Fishbowl Public Relations Birgit Schonafinger, business consultant Sue Gold and Beechworth hero Joan Sims at one of the latest NorthEast Professional Women's Lunches. It didn't take long for the four of us to get talking about the upcoming Social Change 101 program.
Often, everybody knows everybody else in rural communities. It's closer to three degrees of separation in northeast Victoria, six and you'd cover most of the State. Not good when you mess up, but it makes it easy if you're looking to host a lunch for local graduates of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.
You know that great idea you've got? The one that'll change the world, your town, or maybe just your street? If you live in Victoria's Alpine or Indigo region, there might be an opportunity to action it. This year, SSE Australia is offering its Social Change 101 training to fourteen people from that region. At no charge. Wow.