The 2018 Liveable Cities Conference is being held over 16 – 17 July at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
Now in its 11th year, this Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres.
Catherine Dwyer, Coordinator Community Development at Maribyrnong City Council joins us at the conference to discuss ‘Local Government & Community Leadership’.
Governments are increasingly aware that the problems communities face are too large and complex to be tackled by government alone and an essential part of solutions based approaches are resourced partnerships built in collaboration with communities. This understanding has informed the design and development of Maribyrnong City Council’s community leadership program which commenced in 2015. The 2017 leadership program with a focus on environment and sustainability, “Growing our Community”, undertaken in partnership with the Myer Foundation and Victoria University has continued the initiative. Since 2015 there have been 48 graduates representing diverse backgrounds, supporting 30 community lead projects involving over 100 volunteers and reaching out to over 1,000 community members.
Maribyrnong City Council’s leadership program has been designed to provide opportunities for community members from diverse backgrounds to build and strengthen their capacity in leadership, to strengthen civic participation and engagement. A significant focus of the leadership programs is to help participants understand how government works at the local level. The community development centred program is expansive in its understanding of the nature of community and takes a complex systems approach that enable leaders & their networks to connect and collaborate with business, government and the non-profit sector.
This presentation will background Maribyrnong City Council’s leadership program and illustrate the learning and development approach which is renewing and enabling local citizens to be directly involved in community led solutions – building greater civic participation and growing resilient, capable communities. The program builds leadership skills and seeks to empower local people to act as champions and work on projects specific to local need such as environment and sustainability, social cohesion and diversity.
Catherine has extensive experience in community development, in local government sector and is currently the Coordinator Community Development. Catherine works with local communities with social justice as a key driver in all her work. In her coordination role she supports the team to build local capacity to facilitate meaningful change. In addition to supporting community development approaches to empower local people she has been active in the development of Council’s community leadership program. Catherine works with local stakeholders designing and implementing projects focused on civic participation, building strong community engagement. Catherine has a background in education and the not-for-profit sector.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne and to secure your spot please visit liveablecities.org.au