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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.

Original article http://www.newspaperhouse.com.au/index.php/component/k2/item/430-a-trailblazer-in-buffy-leadbeater 

LGA Youth Service Forum (Wallan)

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On Tuesday March 24, 2015 Mitchell Shire Council’s Youth Services team hosted the first of YACVic’s four rural and regional Local Government Youth Services Forums in Wallan. The event was held at the Wallan Multi-Purpose Community Centre. The forum was facilitated by YACVic’s Victorian Rural Youth Service Initiative (VRYS) and featured:

  • Guest speaker John Kouvelas (Department of Health and Human Services) speaking on successful grant seeking in the Youth Sector and upcoming Youth grants.
  • Workshop: Local youth sector issues and partnership opportunities
  • Q&A panel: Showcasing local examples of best practice in youth engagement
    Networking opportunities.

The Central Ranges LLEN was proud to be part of the forum and felt the day was very informative and well received by all who attended.