Monday, August 16, 2010

Gaining greater skills and they’re free

Murrindindi Shire Council
Media Release - 16 August 2010

Volunteer groups and organisations have welcomed the opportunity to take part in a range of free Skills Development Workshops being organised by Murrindindi Shire Council.

Following an open survey, the Council is preparing a number of workshops that will be held across the shire on a range of topics. The top six that were identified through the surveys will be conducted early in September through to mid December.

Murrindindi Deputy Mayor Cr Kevin Bellingham said more than 80 responses were received from community groups and organisations.

“It has been a pleasing take-up rate. The workshops will assist and support committees of all types to up-skill,” Cr Bellingham said.

“Our volunteers are such a valuable part of what makes our communities strong. Council is providing these workshops in recognition of community volunteer contributions at all levels.”

Cr Bellingham said community groups, clubs and organisations would gain a wealth of information from the programs in assisting them in carrying out the day to day tasks in managing, promoting and supporting their groups.

The first session has been based on community feedback and will act as a pilot to ensure that future programs are adapted to community needs.

Titled “How to win more grants” the sessions will be held at:
YEA: Tuesday 7 September, 7:30-9:30pm - Yea Golf Club, Clubrooms, Racecourse Road
ALEXANDRA: Tuesday 14 September, 7:30-9:30pm - Alexandra Bowling Club, Paynes Avenue
MARYSVILLE: Thursday 16 September, 1-3pm - Marysville Rebuilding Advisory Centre
FLOWERDALE: Tuesday 5 October, 7:30-9:30pm - Spring Valley Recreation Reserve, Clubrooms, Spring Valley Rd
KINGLAKE: Thursday 7 October, 7:30-9:30pm - Kinglake Ranges Rebuilding Advisory Centre

Interest groups must register their attendance by contacting Lisa Elward at Murrindindi Shire Council, phone: 5772 0363 or email:

The program is being organised by Murrindindi Shire Council and ‘Our Community’, and is funded by the Department of Planning and Community Development and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

Future workshops include meeting your legal obligations, marketing and promoting your organisation, supporting your volunteers, managing your community group risks and financial management.