Williamson Rural and Regional Retreat

3 June 2019 By Letisha Hilton

Williamson Rural and Regional Retreat

On Friday 17 May, 2019 Williamson participants left Melbourne for the Regional and Rural Retreat in Bendigo to explore leadership in a regional context and the issues and opportunities facing these communities. Participants visited rural communities on their way. In Daylesford they heard from Merryn Tinkler, Festival Director of ChillOut Festival, who described how a small community created the largest queer country pride festival in Australia. Merryn recently wrote an article for LV ‘Reciprocity in Action’ which you can read here on our website.

In Shepparton, participants heard a panel discuss the Murray River Basin Plan and the disconnect between city and country. We caught up with panel members Kim O’Keefe, Mayor of City of Greater Shepparton and Chris Norman, CEO of Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority to hear their take on community leadership, which you can view here. On Saturday 18 May, participants visited the Bendigo Art Gallery to explore the meaning of arts and culture to the local community, drawing on their previous exploration of belonging and power in the program.

Williamson participants in the Leadbeater Possum group created a video of their Regional and Rural Retreat to reflect on their program experience. You can view the video here.