25 March 2019

The 2019 Williamson program is underway. Now in its 30th year, Williamson (WCLP) officially launched with the three-day residential Welcome Retreat in Marysville which was opened with a Welcome to Country performed by Anthony Cavanagh (WCLP ’15) on behalf of the Taungurung people. Anthony is the CEO of Ganbina, a charity organisation based in Shepparton Victoria which provides programs that help gain economic and social equality for Indigenous people within a time frame of two generations. Anthony was kind enough to share his Welcome to Country:


Welcome to Country – Taungurung (pronounced Toonn gu rung)

Wa Wa – Hello in my language - My name is Anthony Cavanagh and I am the CEO of Ganbina.

Ganbina is a charity organisation based in Shepparton Victoria which provides programs that helps gain economic and social equality for Indigenous people within a time frame of two generations

We are taking action to break the common cycle of Indigenous generational welfare dependency by:

Implementing programmes which enable Indigenous children and youth in the Goulburn Valley to explore and realise their full individual potential.

It is my pleasure as an Alumni of the 2015 Williamson program mob, and a proud descendant of the Taungurung people to see you all here this morning.

Welcome to our land …….. The land of the Rivers and Mountains of my People, the Taungurung People.

On behalf of my Family, the Franklin family from Yea in Victoria, and Elders Past, Present and Future, of the Taungurung peoples, I welcome you on country today.

With respect to those who have gone before us, Australians from all walks of life… I say thank you…. Thank you for caring for our Land….our Fauna….our Rivers, and Mountains… and for allowing us to take up our responsibilities of nurturing this land through our time on country.


Why Welcome to Country;

Welcome to country is an important ceremony for the Taungurung people, as traditional owners and ongoing guardians of this land we meet today.

It is a ceremony grounded in traditional law and provides an opportunity for non-indigenous people to recognize and pay respect to Aboriginal culture and history.  The ceremony is a cultural practice performed by Indigenous Elders or Traditional owners of the land we meet, where visitors are greeted and welcomed, and traditionally offered safe passage through their lands.


Where We Live;

The Taungurung people occupy much of Central Victoria. This land encompasses the area between the upper reaches of the Goulburn River and it tributaries north of the dividing range. From the Campaspe River to Kilmore in the West, Eastwards to Mount Beauty, Benalla in the north and south to the top of the dividing range.

Townships such as Wallan, Kilmore, Broadford, Seymour, Yea, and Marysville are on Taungurung Country…

Traditionally, our people lived a hunter/gatherer existence. The various clan groups migrated on seasonal basis through their territory dependent upon the seasonal variations of weather and the availability of food.

The Taungurung people are closely affiliated with the neighbouring tribes, through language, ceremonies and kinship ties. We are part of an alliance with the five adjoining tribes to form the Kulin Nation.

Other members of the Kulin Nation are the Woiwurrung – Wurundjeri (Melbourne) Boonwurrung – (Port Phillip bay area), Wathaurung – Geelong area, and Djadjawrung – Bendigo area.

The Kulin Nation group also shares common dreamtime ancestors and creation stories, religious beliefs and economic and social relationships.

Womenjika – Welcome to Taungurung country, and on behalf of my people we hope you enjoy your time here.

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21 November 2017 By

Leadership Victoria is delighted to welcome the following participants to the 2018 Williamson Leadership Program:

Aaron Gay Department of Environment and Water Alys Boase Ermha Ltd Amy McKimm Alfred Health Andreea Georgiana Spoiala-Lagocki Forest and Wood Products Australia Andrew Parsons Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria) Anthony Privitelli DuluxGroup (Parchem) Bernadene Voss City of Port Phillip Bernadette Comitti Monash Health Carolyn Nikoloski beyondblue Daniel Stubbs Inner Melbourne Community Legal Danny Childs Environmental Protection Authority Dr Evan Newnham Eastern Health Elias Lebbos Travellers Aid, Australia  Emma Olivier Lochard Energy Gemma Meagher Environment Protection Authority, Victoria Guy Pritchard Sustainability Victoria Heather Walker Cancer Council Victoria Jacqueline Hanna Department of Health and Human Services Jane Young North East Catchment Management Authority Jerome Carslake ARRB Group John Mina SG Group / JBWere Justine Tiller ANZ Bank Kate Broun Cancer Council Victoria Kate Dundas City of Melbourne Laura Thompson Victorian Aboriginal Health Service Laurelle Atkinson Law Library of Victoria Linda Timothy WorkSafe Victoria Lisa Jones Emergency Management Victoria Mariela Diaz Department of Health and Human Services Mark Langhorn Victoria Police  Mary Sayers Victorian Council of Social Service Matthew Low ARUP  Melissa Barnes Medibank Michael Georgiou Ambulance Victoria Mikaela Stafrace Kidney Health Australia Mithra Villanelo KPMG Narelle Capp Ambulance Victoria Nathalie Webb Monash Health Nicholas Gray Goulburn Murray Water Nicole Batagol Non-Executive Director, Various Nicole Brady Department of Health and Human Services Niloo Amendra Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust Peter Peterson Tennis Australia Peter Quigley Westernport Water Phoebe Dunn Amy Gillett Foundation Rajiv Singh Honeywell Robert Considine Melbourne Water Sarah McPherson VMIA Sarah Thomson Goulburn Valley Water Skye Haldane City of Melbourne Stephanie Woollard Seven Women Stewart MacLeod State Trustees Sudeep Saraf Alfred Health Suzy Redston Austin Health Tessa Dehring Nous Group Tom Moloney HESTA Tom Stewart Victorian Funds Management Corporation Vildana Praljak Vision Australia  Wayne Box William Angliss Institute Zeynep Sertel Islamic Council of Victoria
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1 May 2017 By Michelle Shepherd

Day two of weekend three and the WCLP 17 cohort was ready for a day of Leadership Identity work, True North presentations and the opportunity to decide which CLAN (Community Leadership in Action Networks) we will commit to for the duration of the program.

As the duty syndicate, Pink Heath had the pleasure of hosting, and we knew by the buzz and chatter in the room that we were in for a great session.

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1 May 2017 By Nicola Hodgson

Last week, WCLP 2017 participants gathered at CERES Community Environment Park in Brunswick East. The topic was 'Leadership and the Environment'......the park is a unique non-profit centre offering a café, grocery store, nursery and environmental education centre, making it the perfect location for our topic.

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31 March 2017 By Peace and Prosperity

It seemed appropriate that Peace and Prosperity should be the duty syndicate for our first day on Australia's economic prosperity. We chose to start at the macro (what does it all mean) and then focus on the micro with a live example (penalty rates).

The entire 2017 cohort were asked to participate in the conversation, starting with a pre-workshop survey monkey, polls throughout the white paper, and the chance to reflect and consolidate on pre-survey responses at the end of the day.

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27 November 2016 By Sally Hines (WCLP 2016), National Manager, The Big Issue

Sally Hines's full speech 

"Thank you for having me here tonight. I am humbled and delighted to be able to give this speech on behalf of the Williamson 2016 group. I’d like to acknowledge Mr Chris Eccles, Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Geoff Cosgriff,  Chair and LV Council members, representatives from LV Partner Organisations, WCLP Graduates and guests, FCLP Graduates and guests, members of the 2017 WCLP cohort, LV Alumni and Staff.

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27 November 2016 By Leadership Victoria

Leadership Victoria is delighted to welcome the following participants to the 2017 Williamson Community Leadership Program:

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