Fairley Leadership started life as a project of the ‘Clever Food Committee’ which had been concerned by the withdrawal of leadership capacity from regional communities as governments and corporates downsized and centralised in the wake of the early 1990s recession.
The committee sought and obtained seed funding from councils in Shepparton, Campaspe and Moira and from the then Sustainable Regional Development Committee. The Goulburn Valley Community Leadership program was launched in 1997, based largely on the design of the Williamson Community Leadership Program (now known as Leadership Victoria).
From 1998, the program has been known as the ‘Fairley Leadership Program’ in recognition of the generous support of the Fairley Foundation who believed this was a program that would help ensure leadership into the 21st century for regional Australia.
‘Goulburn Murray Community Leadership’ is the organisation behind the program, and is steered by a volunter board which is responsible for creating the strategic direction for the program, and governing the organisation.
Currently, the organisation conducts one annual leadership program – the flagship ‘Fairley Leadership Program’.
The program provides an opportunity for people to develop leadership skills across the Goulburn Murray region and to explore the major issues facing the region and assist positive change.