Central Ranges LLEN – Annual General Meeting 2014

The Central Ranges LLEN Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 20th May at the Kilmore Racing Club, Kilmore.

The Central Ranges LLEN Chair, Doreen Power, presented a summation of activities throughout 2013 which Executive Officer, Boyd Maplestone elaborated on in his Annual Report.

Copies of the Annual Report and presentation can be found at Central Ranges LLEN Annual General Meeting 2014 page.

Kylie Lethbridge, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, gave a very informative overview on how she and her Team have established strategies to work collaboratively with the local community to develop, grow and sustain initiatives thus enabling opportunities for vibrant growth within the Shire.

The Annual Christine Cox Trailblazer Award was presented to Pauline Neil, Coordinator of Youth Development with the Macedon Ranges Shire for her outstanding leadership in analysing key local issues, specifically in the field of mental health prevention.

Acknowledgement was also given to fellow Award Nominees:

  • Jim Alsop Principal Broadford Secondary College (Educational Leadership),
  • Barry Van Weeghel Coordinator Satellite VCAL Kyneton Secondary College (promotion of Flexible Learning Options Programs) and
  • Greg Sharp Trainer in Building & Construction, Broadford Secondary College (support of Vocational & Educational Training)

Joe Anka, General Manager Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Doreen Power, Director Clinical Services, Tweddle Child & Family Health Services were elected to the Central Ranges LLEN Board of Management for a two year term. For information on the Board click on our Central Ranges LLEN Board of Management page.

Proceedings finished with a light lunch.

Thank you to all the Central Ranges LLEN members and guests who attended the Meeting.  We also look forward to continued support from our Membership base in 2014.

Koorie Pathways Program – Careers and Cultural Celebration Day 2014

On Tuesday, July 22 Indigenous Secondary students from across the Lower Hume region will participate in a Cultural and Careers Celebration Day being held at Seymour Sports & Aquatic Centre, Chittick Park, Pollard Street, Seymour.

Screen printing with North East Publishing in 2012

Screen printing with North East Publishing at 2012 Celebration Day

Approximately 80 Secondary School students will attend the Celebration Day to learn about a range of careers and pathways opportunities available to them including an opportunity to participate in a variety of ‘hands on’ workshops and a ‘speed careering’ activity for senior students.

The overall aim of the day is to begin to close the gap for Indigenous young people in both education and employment sectors and provide opportunities to participate in training and further education.

In the spirit of reconciliation, students will be encouraged to bring a non-indigenous friend along to this event. Families and interested community members are also encouraged to attend.

Activities will run from 10am until 2pm.

KPP Celebration Day 2014 flyer

Environmental Scan 2014 Launches – Macedon Ranges, Mitchell & Murrindindi

ES 2014 CoverThe Central Ranges LLEN is proud to announce the release of its 2014 Environmental Scan.  This is a comprehensive review of key data and analysis on population, education & training, business & employment that relate to each of our three Shires: Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi.

The Central Ranges LLEN 2014 Environmental Scan has a consistent approach to each Shires data and analysis, separated by chapters as well as a combined analysis.  Each sub-chapter has opportunities and concluding analysis to draw upon.

This is an excellent opportunity to draw on this document for strategic and business planning, providing opportunities for networks and committees as well as funding and grant applications.

The Central Ranges LLEN will be providing an opportunity for stakeholders in each shire to hear a presentation on key data sets and analysis that related to their shire and receive a free hardcopy of the document.

The presentation will be delivered in the following locations:


Date & Time: Tuesday 25th March – 1.30pm

Location: Murrindindi Shire Office – Council Chambers, Perkins Street, Alexandra

Macedon Ranges 

Date & Time: Wednesday 26th March – 10.00am

Location: Newman Room, Kyneton Town Hall, 129 Mollison Street, Kyneton


Date & Time: Thursday 27th March – 10.30am

Location: Mitchell Shire Office – Council Chambers, 113 High Street, Broadford

No RSVP required



Mitchell & Murrindindi Shire – Young people “SHOUT”

On March 3rd, 4th and 5th,  Seymour Performing Arts Centre was home to over 70 young people and workshop facilitators Adam Thompson (AKA Chocolate Starfish) and crew.

Mitchell, Murrindindi and Strathbogie Shires collaborated for the second year in a row to provide a music program called MusoMagic.

This three day workshop provides an innovative, outstanding mentoring program to unite, engage, motivate and empower groups of all ages and backgrounds through the magic of song.

This year young people came together to create the Music Video “SHOUT”.  The group that call themselves ‘Teenage Heroes’ described growing up, owning their space and the need to be grounded.

On the last day of filming Seymour Library & Seymour Township was the backdrop for a Flash Mob scene, much to the amusement of many onlookers.

Young people engaged in music, participated in lyric writing, built new relationships and created their own fully produced Music Video.

Welcome to the Big Show everyone.

Stay Tune for next year, Alexandra (Murrindindi Shire) ….here we come.

Buffy Leadbeater – Youth Services Coordinator – Mitchell Shire Council.

Alexandra Secondary College – Trade Training Centre – opening!!

The Central Ranges Trade Training Centre’s Alexandra Secondary College site has been officially opening on 13th February 2014.

Whilst the building has been in use for 18 months, the official opening to the public was today.

The Central Ranges TTC’s Alexandra Secondary College site delivers Vocational Education and Training in School courses in Hospitality and Building and Construction, to compliment the Automotive facilities at the school.

Local student now have access to excellent facilities, especially in Hospitality to deliver Industry level training.  These facilities can also be used by the community as well as local school students when training programs are offered.  If you are a Training Organisations, Youth or Employment Agency and would like to enquire further – please contact Andrew Johnston Principal of Alexandra Secondary College.


Welcome Back Hume Partnership Broker – Therese Thompson


The Central Ranges LLEN welcomes back Therese Thompson from maternity leave this year. Therese returns to the position of Hume Partnership Broker, encompassing the Shires of Mitchell & Murrindindi. Therese has enjoyed time with her new daughter, Leila Rose in 2013 and now looks forward to reconnecting with all our partners in supporting young people across Mitchell and Murrindindi.

CEACA – Term 1 program


The Continuing Education and Arts Centre of Alexandra (CEACA) has published its Term One program.  For anyone interested in Technology, Community Services, Children Services, Disability, Training and Assessment, Outdoor Education, Workplace Hygiene, Food Safety, Responsible Serving of Alcohol courses, plus many more – have a look at CEACA’s program:

CEACA Courses Term 1 2014

Central Ranges VCAL Network Showcases Program for 2013


In December VCAL Coordinators and staff from across the areas of Mitchell, Murrindindi and Macedon Ranges re-invigorated the Central Ranges VCAL Network by showcasing projects and student achievements in 2013.  Projects and activities included:

·         Black tie dinner and silent auction

·         Entry into Hepatitis B Photography Awards

·         Participation in Driver Education, L2P Program and RACV Transmission project

·         Planning and instigating a room make-over

·         Production of “How to” DVD’s

·         Volunteering at a Community Kitchen

·         Writing local media articles,

·         Completing First Aid and other courses

·         Building Landcare Penguin boxes

·         Learning boxing

·         Involvement in peer support project

·         Visits to local Men’s Shed, and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

·         Attendance at a number of camps

The network also developed an action plan for 2014 which includes, increasing the ability and confidence of members to comply with accreditation processes, promoting best practice, increasing connections with local community, and supporting and mentoring members.  A number of combined VCAL activities are planned for 2014.  For more information please contact Lisa Linton at Central Ranges LLEN 57 811 014.

MTI – Meeting industry needs in Outdoor Recreation Courses – seeking enrolments

MTI_ColourMurrindindi Training Institute is a community based partnership model that facilitates training to meet the needs of Industry to position graduates for further employment.

Murrindindi Training Institute is located in Alexandra, utilising the old Alexandra Hospital building and the local environment.  The partnership is based on using the expertise of an Industry Advisory Committee which informs the training delivery to meet the standards industry are seeking from graduates.  Subsequently organisations in the advisory committee are committed to providing Certificate IV and Diploma Traineeships to increase their qualified workforce.  Murrindindi Training Institute also offers a Certificate IV and Diploma (non-traineeship) course and is currently seeking enrolments.

For more information contact Murrindindi Training Institute.

Koorie Pathways Program – ‘Worlds of Work’ Residential – Open now!!


KPP Cultural Careers Celebration Day 2013The Koorie Pathways Program – “World of Work” week residential is now open for applications!!

This years program will be 24-29 November in Melbourne.  Please contact your DEECD Koorie Education Support Officer – Misti Gow for more information: [email protected] or on 0477 326 757 for Southern Sub Region.

The Foundation for Young Australians World of Work program has been specifically designed for Indigenous students from the Hume region.  The World of Work is an excellent program that is designed to expose students to a variety of business environments, leadership and group activities to develop personal growth and confidence. It also allows students to explore potential career paths and provide inspiration to engage with education and training.  This has been a life changing experience for many young people and a great opportunity for students.

A key strategy of the Koorie Pathways Program is to increase the retention of Indigenous students to Year 12 which is well below non-Indigenous students in the Lower Hume region.

The Koorie Pathways Program in a partnership between four LLEN’s across the Hume region, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and local schools.