Local, Independant and Effective
December 02, 2015

Building rural and regional communities through positive partnerships

Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, has welcomed the Social Change 101 program and the collaborative approach being taken to build communities in regional Australia.

Ms McGowan met with School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) in Canberra about support for businesses and communities in Indi. She encouraged FRRR to assist the educational program proposed by SSE.

Social Change 101 Program is a four-month program for business owners and entrepreneurs in the Alpine and Indigo shires. Program participants will gain skills and resources to run successful businesses and contribute to their communities.

Ms McGowan said FRRR had acknowledged the value of the program, and would fund up to 14 participants through Victoria Bushfire Appeal Fund funding.  

“This program is being delivered free for students through the support of FRRR,” she said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people in the Alpine and Indigo shires wanting to create sustainable communities.” 

Ms McGowan also welcomed support from the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program and Into Our Hands Foundation for the Social Change 101 Program.

Australia Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship CEO Matt Pfahlert made a bid for the Beechworth Gaol. The social entrepreneur aimed to get the gaol back in community hands because of a high level of local sentiment for the historical building.

Two further programs in fire-affected areas will run in 2017. Locations will be determined by greatest demand and community engagement with the Social Change 101 program.   

People interested in being part of the program can visit the School for Social Entrepreneurs website

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