Local, Independant and Effective
March 14, 2014

Outstanding leadership at the heart of communities in Wahgunyah and Rutherglen

The leadership being demonstrated at the community level during a visit to the northern tip of Indi has left Cathy McGowan AO, Federal Member for Indi, excited about the future of these dynamic communities.

On Tuesday, March 11, Ms McGowan paid visits to the Glenview Community Nursing Care Home before heading to the Wahgunyah Primary School and then a tour of the town from Wahgunyah Process Association president Alan Pleitner.

It wasn’t just the projects underway that inspired Ms McGowan, but how people are taking the lead to implement positive change.

“These are fantastic communities and it’s obvious people want to live there,” Ms McGowan said.

“I was impressed with the level and quality of leadership being shown.

“A part of my commitment to Indi is wanting to work with leaders in communities to spot opportunities for how I can value add to the strong initiatives community groups are planning and implementing.”

Ms McGowan was taken on a tour of the Glenview Community Care Nursing Home by Indigo North Health Service CEO Shane Kirk.

Cathy learned about the exciting initiatives planned, including the assuming of management of the pre-school nearby the nursing home.

Shane and Cathy discussed proposed changes to the Commonwealth Aged Care funding arrangements and the impact this could have on local service delivery.

“There are lots of changes and it’s important management have access to all the details,” she said.

She also met with Glenview Community Care Nursing Home residents and staff and Mr Kirk accepted an Australian flag to be flown at the facility.

Ms McGowan met with the Wahgunyah Primary School leadership team, including school captains, Year 6 students Sidney Kirk and Max Fensom.  

“They showed me around with great pride about the improvements made at the school in recent times,” she said.

Under the guidance of principal Brendan Hogan, the students are getting a well-rounded and interesting education. 

“The learning they’re doing is very impressive and the kids have been busy making films, which teaches them video and editing skills, as well as storytelling.”

As part of her visit, Ms McGowan presented the school captains with an Australian flag.

Mr Pleitner then took the Federal Member for Indi on a guided tour of the town, including the new development and the site for the proposed Wahgunyah Racecourse and Recreation Reserve community facility.

Ms McGowan wrote a letter of support for the Management Committee this week and views the project as a true multi-purpose venture.

“This new centre will play a really important role in supporting the community and is a valuable project for many local groups,” she said.

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