Macedon Ranges Regional Business Networking Night

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Unlock the secrets to broadening your business reach by joining us for our very first Regional Business Networking evening on Tuesday 4 August at the Royal George Hotel, Piper Street Kyneton (6.30pm).

You will have the opportunity to be inspired by guest speakers who will provide insight on how to network, expand markets and make broader business connections. Kay Jackson from Simplex Insurance will tell the story of how she started off in her home and is now a regional success with offices in Kyneton, Ballarat, Geelong and Tasmania. Kay has always wanted to help people and started off her career as a nurse but fell into insurance because she can still care for people in a time of need. Kay also has a list of achievements to her name including: ANZIIF Small Broker of the Year; CGU Commerce Ballarat Professional Services Award Winner and Victorian Government Fair & Flexible Employer Award.

Guest facilitator and comedian, Trent McCarthy, will then take us on a journey of engaging and entertaining networking activities geared towards helping attendees circulate the room to make connections which is the ultimate aim of the evening. Trent wears many hats and is currently the CEO of the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network. Trent’s unique background as a strategic consultant, not to mention his comedic performances in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival over the past decade, will certainly make for an entertaining evening!

The cost to attend is $35 and includes finger food (drinks can be purchased) however we are offering a special deal for the first 20 bookings – 2 tickets for the price of why not grab one of your business colleagues and come along? Please follow the normal process for booking via our online system. If you are one of the first 20 to book, we will contact you to offer the second ticket!

For more information contact the Economic Development and Tourism Department on (03) 5421 9616 or via [email protected]

*In the News* Sunbury & Gisborne Jobs Expo

Carly Barker Pictured

Carly Barker Pictured

Young job seekers looking for direction can find some answers at a free careers expo at Sunbury later this month.

With youth unemployment in the north-west hovering around 20 per cent, Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) chief executive Trent McCarthy said it was important for young people to map out a career plan.

He said the newly expanded Sunbury and Gisborne Careers and Jobs Expo was a great place to start with more than 45 exhibitors, including employers, universities and training providers, on hand to provide ideas and advice.

‘‘The whole idea is to encourage them to really step back and think about their career,’’ Mr McCarthy said.

Gisborne’s Carly Barker is someone who has successfully followed local pathways. Ms Barker completed a medical administration traineeship with Gisborne Medical while still a student at Gisborne Secondary College. She’s now studying for a nursing qualification while working at the clinic.

‘‘I worked one day a week, every day for a year, which didn’t interrupt school and gave me a real head-start,’’ she said.

‘‘With so many things being online, you don’t necessarily have to travel … it’s definitely worth looking into the options that are out there.’’

Gisborne Medical general manager Riwka Hagen said ongoing training was a major part of the clinic’s workplace philosophy, making its involvement in the jobs expo a natural fit.

‘‘From medical to nursing to admin, our organisation is a great example of the many options available locally,’’ Ms Hagen said.

Central Ranges LLEN is partnering with Hume Whittlesea LLEN to promote this year’s expo. Hume and Macedon Ranges councils and the Sunbury Business Association are also on board.

Association vice-president Marnie Harding said the expo would provide information about the many career and employment pathways available in the area.

‘‘SBA sees this expo as extremely important for Sunbury and Gisborne as it will help shape our children’s future and benefit our community in many ways,’’ Ms Harding said.

The free expo is at Sunbury Memorial Hall from 3.30 to 6.30pm on July 22.

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Macedon Ranges Youth Awards Nominations are now open


Do you know a young person between 12 – 25 years of age who lives, works or goes to school in the Macedon Ranges who deserves to be publicly acknowledged and celebrated? Are they excelling in the Arts? Are they giving there all to their education? Are they an exceptional employee or apprentice? Best on ground in a sporting endeavour? Or do they contribute to our community or fly the flag for youth mental health and wellbeing? If you do, then we want to hear from you.

Nominations are open on Wednesday 10th June.

You can nominate online​: ​ wards_Youth​ o​r pick up a nomination form from any ​Macedon Ranges Customer Service Centre or contact Annie Rowland on [email protected] or 54220226 to get one sent out.

Nominations close on Friday 31 July at 5:00pm.

Macedon Ranges Youth Awards will be held on Tuesday 25th August at 7:00pm at the Kyneton Town Hall.

Loddon Children & Youth Area Partnership

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The Loddon Children and Youth Area Partnership is bringing together State Government, Local Government, Community Sector, Schools and others across Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander, Central Goldfields, Loddon, Campaspe and Greater Bendigo to work towards a community where all children live safe from harm and have every opportunity to succeed in life. It has chosen two priorities to focus on over the short to medium term: 1. Acting earlier to support vulnerable families and prevent children reaching the statutory systems; and 2. Better outcomes for children and youth in out-of-home-care and in contact with the criminal justice system. A forum to explore these priorities was held on 1 May in Bendigo. For further information, or to discuss how your organisation or network might contribute to these priorities, contact Bryn Davies [email protected] or 03 5440 3106.Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 12.27.12 pm

Welcome Chris Dawson, new SFYS Coordinator for Macedon Ranges

The School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) works to develop partnerships and systems that supports at risk young people within their communities. This involves creating partnerships and pathways between schools and community organisations to support at risk young people. This is a statewide program, currently funded from 2014 until 2015.
Chris Dawson was appointed in early May to the position of SFYS coordinator for Macedon Ranges based at Cobaw Community Health. The focus of this program within the Macedon Ranges centers on the development of a ‘no wrong door’ approach to the provision of services to young people.

For any further information about the SFYS in the Macedon Ranges contact Chris on 5421 1666 or email [email protected]

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]


ABC 774 – Join The Conversation on Youth Unemployment

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Great radio conversation about youth unemployment in the northern suburbs and Hume area, with specific reference to flexible learning options. Join the conversation hour with ABC 774 Melbourne to catch the discussions.

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

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.

Introduction to Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

An opportunity for businesses to gain a better understanding of what’s involved in an apprenticeship program, including detailed information about the process and assistance available.

Date:Thu 30 April to Thu 30 April
Time: 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Venue:  Macedon Ranges Shire Council – Gisborne Administration & Service Centre
40 Roberston St Gisborne, VIC Australia
Cost: Free

To register click here

For more information please contact:

Lianne Stanton
Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 5421 9616

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