The Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs (VRCLPs) are designed to assist individuals to develop their leadership capacity and prepare them to transition into leadership roles.
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation provides scholarships for up to 10 emerging dairy leaders (one dairy farmer and one service provider) each year, across the five key dairy regions of Victoria. The scholarships are available for programs offered by the Gippsland Community Leadership Program, Fairley Leadership Program (Goulburn Murray), Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program, Community Leadership Loddon Murray and Leadership Great South Coast.
This Community Development initiative forms part of the Gardiner Dairy Foundations commitment to investing in emerging leaders and practices. It aims to build the capability of dairy industry people so the industry has the required leadership, knowledge and skills for success.
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has been supporting VRCLP participants since 2004 and has funded over 60 people across the five programs over that period. Graduates often go on to join community groups or boards in managerial positions, and become involved in strategic planning for their regions. They serve as role models and mentors within their communities and make a substantial contribution to the growth and fabric of the dairy community and their wider regional communities.