Western Bulldogs: Session One

The young leaders of the Grampians in the Western Bulldogs Leadership Project

Future leaders discuss community issues

On Monday April 24, young leaders from Stawell, Ararat, Halls Gap, Glenorchy, and St Arnaud came together in Stawell for the first Bulldogs Session of the year as part of the Western Bulldogs Leadership Project.

The session gave insight into family violence and gender equality issues in communities across Australia. Frank discussions about these community issues were sure to pull on heart strings, but really gave our young and future leaders food for thought on how these issues might affect the community. Identifying important issues like these is vital to implementing and seeing positive change in our local spaces.

Central Grampians LLEN’s Youth Project Officer Brendan also attended the session and acted as the boots on the ground for the Ararat region. He opened a discussion with the young leaders about what mental health is and how changes in people’s mental health can affect other areas of their lives.

The participants also started work on their community projects, focusing on topics that they feel passionate about and believe they can make a difference in. These will be implemented around the Northern Grampians and Ararat Shires within the next 6 months, after which they will present their projects to council members.

We would like to thank Amanda for leading this Western Bulldogs Leadership Session, and we are looking forward to the next one on May 4 to what it holds in store for the young leaders in the community.