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CARVING a right trail for youth in the Mitchell Shire is not just “part of the job” for Mitchell Shire Youth Services Co-ordinator Buffy Leadbeater.
A strong community leader, Ms Leadbeater’s dedication and hard work was acknowledged as the recipient of the Central Ranges LLEN ‘Christine Cox Trailblazer Award’ recently.
In announcing the award, Central Ranges LLEN Chair Doreen Power said Ms Leadbeater was a “real trailblazer”.
“Buffy has shown a great commitment to ​innovation​ through establishing Mitchell youth rooms, collaboration through her work with a​range of orgs and young people and going above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of local young people,” Ms Power said.
During her time at Mitchell Shire, Ms Leadbeater has demonstrated leadership in the development of the Mitchell Shire Youth Strategy and youth consultations, the further ​development of the Mitchell ​Shire Youth Council and the Cyber Tattoo campaign to tackle cyber bullying.
Recently, Ms Leadbeater also drew ​attention to the region by hosting a forum in Wallan in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, bringing together a variety of stakeholders to feed into a ​state-wide consultation process.
Ms Leadbeater was nominated for award alongside two others from the Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes presented Ms Leadbeater with the award and $500 cheque at the Central Ranges LLEN annual general meeting.
The award recognises excellent leadership, outstanding achievement and significant partnerships, in honour of the late Central Ranges LLEN’s Christine Cox.

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2015 CRLLEN AGM & Annual Report


The Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network held its 2015 Annual General Meeting on 19 May 2015 at the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Trackside,

The 2015 Annual General Meeting opened with a briefing for members about the results of the work of the LLEN in 2014/15 and the news that LLENs around Victoria have been provided with a State Government funding commitment for the next four years, after a period of uncertainty. A new statement of the LLEN’s strategic direction was also shared with members.

Ordinary business included:

  • confirmation of the minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting
  • committee reports of the transactions of the association during 2014
  • election of officers of the association
  • appointment of an auditor of the association for the year
  • receipt and consideration of the statement submitted by the association in accordance with section 30[3] of the Act.

Guest Speakers

  • Jaclyn Symes, MLC for Northern Victoria
  • Don Gibbons, Principal, Seymour Flexible Learning Centre
  • Zac, a student at Seymour Flexible Learning Centre

Christine Cox Trailblazer Awards

Each year the Central Ranges LLEN Board recognises people (professionals or volunteers) who have demonstrated excellent leadership in achieving education, training and employment opportunities for local young people.  Each recipient is awarded the Christine Cox Trailblazer Award, and receives $500 towards their strategic projects that support local young people.  The award is named after founding board member and staff member Christine Cox.  Christine worked tirelessly to facilitate training and employment opportunities, especially through the Lower Hume VET and Pathways Cluster and is recognised for her outstanding achievements in our local community.

The Trailblazer award recipient for 2015 was:

Buffy Leadbeater, Coordinator Youth Services at Mitchell Shire Council

Acknowledgement was also given to fellow Award Nominees:

Jana Ash, Workplace Learning Coordinator, CVGT

Jeynelle McLennan, Student Wellbeing Officer, Seymour College

Elected Board members

The following nominees were elected to the board for two years until May 2017:

Schools – Tony GoodenTAFE Institutes – Jenny JacksonLocal Government – John Walsh

Other Community Agency – Tricia Quibell

Koorie Organisations – Lawrence Moser

Community – Mike Dalmau

Chair & CEO Reports

The Annual Report was presented to members and guests at the 2015 AGM.

Central Ranges LLEN AGM Annual Report 2014-15 FINAL

Highlights included:

  • Training Needs in Macedon Ranges and Murrindindi
  • Transfield Services Partnership
  • Environmental Scan 2014
  • Koori Celebration Day 2014
  • Introduction to Thoroughbred Racing & Breeding Industry

Reminder – CRLLEN AGM Tuesday 19th May 2015


The CRLLEN Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015, at the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Racing Club, East Street, Kilmore commencing at 10am and followed by a complimentary lunch.

We would love for you to attend and if you haven’t already done so please RSVP by Friday 8th May by calling (03) 57811 014 or email: [email protected]


Annual General Meeting 2015

CRLLEN NewLogoThe CRLLEN Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015, at the Golden Reign Room, Kilmore Racing Club, East Street, Kilmore commencing at 10am and followed by a complimentary lunch for attendees at 12noon.

Our guest speaker will be Jaclyn Symes, Member of the Legislative Council for Northern Victoria. Jaclyn is very interested in issues facing youth in regional areas, especially education and employment.

There are currently several vacancies on the CRLLEN Board and five positions are up for re-nomination. Please consider nominating for the Board and help us connect local education, business, parent and community organisations to grow the education and training options for youth in our region. (Nomination Form below)

Please contact the office on 57 811 014 or [email protected] for further information or to advise of your attendance.

Nomination Form available here: Nomination Form AGM 2015

**IN THE NEWS** Youth Unemployment Crisis

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Wallan Secondary College connecting employers and and schools.

Mitchell Shire has been identified in the Hume region as one of 10 hot spots across Australia in need of urgent attention with a youth unemployment rate of 17.5%. Click on the link for more information.

Website Updates/ Newsletter & News


We have been busy listening to everyone’s comments over the past few months about changes to our information and news that goes out via our CRLLEN office.

Over the coming weeks the frequency of the newsletters will change to fortnightly news consisting of some of the following:

  1. Current funding opportunities available
  2. Upcoming Events
  3. In the News ……. Media topics relevant to our region/ state
  4. Reference to social media sites and use of Twitter, Facebook etc
  5. Good News Profile “Spotlight” of the month

We would love to hear from you about any other ideas you may have to improve the content that we are providing. Please feel free to make any suggestions by emailing [email protected].

Central Ranges LLEN is on Twitter – follow us @crllen for daily updates about what we are doing.

Hello from the new CEO


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I’m excited to join Central Ranges LLEN as the new Chief Executive Officer, having previously worked for the organisation as a strategic planner and facilitator over recent years. I’d like to thank our wonderful Board, staff team, members and partners for making me feel very welcome over the past six weeks.

It’s been a busy time for us here at CRLLEN, putting our 2015 plan into action and preparing for our Annual General Meeting on 19 May. Please keep an eye out for our official AGM notice in mid-April and the opportunity to join our dedicated Board. If you’d like to find out more, please contact me at [email protected] or call me on 0414 885 380.

We’re currently developing a new Strategic Plan for CRLLEN that will guide our work over coming years. I’d love to hear your thoughts about CRLLEN’s direction and priorities, what we do well, what we can do better and how we can make the biggest difference in the lives of local young people. Please get in touch if you have thoughts you’d like to share.

I look forward to meeting many more of you over coming months.


Trent McCarthy
CEO, Central Ranges LLEN
[email protected]
0414 885 380

2014/ 2015 Christmas New year CRLLEN office hours

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The CRLLEN board and staff would like to advise everyone that our office will be closed from Wednesday 24th December 2014 to Friday 2nd January 2015 for the Christmas and New Year period.

We will reopen from Monday 5th January 2015 for normal office hours.

Should your matter be urgent during this period of closure please contact the Chair of the CRLLEN board Doreen Power on 0449 256 528

Seasons Greetings from Central Ranges LLEN


Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 2.16.15 pm On behalf of the Central Ranges LLEN Board, Members and Staff we would like to wish you a safe and happy festive season.

We thank everyone for all their great work, especially those involved in networks and partnerships to increase the education, training and employment opportunities for our local young people.

We have now had our funding confirmed and we are looking forward to a new and exciting 2015.  We look forward your continued support with network and partnership opportunities across our three Shires of Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi to improve outcomes for local young people.

Well wishes from the Staff and the Board of Central Ranges LLEN we look forward to working with you all again in the New Year.


Thank you & Farewell Interim CEO


Central Ranges LLEN would like to thank Joe Anka who has been in the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer for the past 2 months.

Joe joined CRLLEN at a critical time when an additional 12 months funding had been announced and the state was in pre-election care taker mode. Joe’s support and assistance during this transition period has been greatly appreciated.

We would like to wish Joe all the very best for his future endeavours.