The North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA) announced today a scholarship program for community leaders in the sustainable agriculture or primary industry sector. Seven scholarships are available, up to $3,000 each, to support those with leadership aspirations participate in professional development.
North East CMA’s Executive Manager – Leadership and Strategy, Jane Young said, ‘Supporting local community members develop leadership skills in the natural resource management space, particularly in agriculture, is an important component in helping create the healthy communities and catchments that underpin regional economies.
‘This program aims to support those community members who are looking to expand their leadership skills, including through initiatives such as the Alpine Valley’s Community Leadership course, or Charles Sturt Universities Regional Leadership Program.’
Funding for the program forms part of the Victorian Government’s Our Catchments Our Communities (OCOC), Victoria’s first integrated catchment strategy.
The OCOC program has a focus on strengthening partnerships and community engagement in regional natural resource management planning and implementation.
Ms Young said, ‘We are thrilled to make this announcement today and encourage anyone who thinks they have the potential to contribute to sustainable agriculture through leadership to apply. Potential applicants should visit the North East CMA website for details.’
The Victorian Government has committed funding of $222 million over four years to ensure Victoria’s waterways and catchments support environmental, social, cultural and economic needs and the values of our communities.
Potential applicants can visit necma.vic.gov.au. For further enquires please call Tom Croft on (02) 6043 7648.