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Casuarina Leadership Program

The Casuarina Project is an important building block for community strengthening in the Surf Coast Shire. It is a professionally facilitated program designed to develop an active network of community members and to provide them with the skills to plan, fund and successfully deliver community projects.

The Casuarina Project has been conducted across the Surf Coast Shire since 2001 and has strengthened links between individuals, community groups, businesses and local government and encouraged community creativity and inspiration.

In 2010 the program title changed to the 'Casuarina Leadership Project' and is a partnership project between the Surf Coast Shire's Community Development and Environment Units. Pat Armstrong and Jane Stewart are the facilitators of the program and have used their experience in leadership training to develop a course that is challenging and thought-provoking while based in practical strategies and actions.

Casuarina is a free six day leadership training program with no cost to each participant except their time. The program commenced with a two day workshop on Friday 14th - Saturday 15th May 2010. The remaining four 1 day workshops will be held on 4th June, 18th June, 16th July and 13th August.




The graduation day was an exciting event with special guests such as the Mayor of Surf Coast Shire, Cr Libby Croker, and other Councillors.  All participants presented their projects using a variety of multimedia tools and performance methods.  It was not only an entertaining day, but also an inspiring occasion with many individuals and groups excited about the future of their projects and their involvement in it.


Since the graduation one project, Grow it!, has received funding from Sustainability Victoria to move forward and another, Re-Entry, has received support from the Surf Coast Shire to start delivery within the region.  This is well deserved recognition for these projects and encouragement for other participants.


Read the Casuarina Celebration Booklet for more information about the projects undertalen by participants. (PDF 0.98 MB)


Or read an article from the Casuarina Echo Newspaper (PDF 250KB)


For more information about the Casuarina Leadership Project contact:

Lesley Machray

Project Support Officer

Surf Coast Shire
PO Box 350


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Tel: 5261 0666

Or go our contact page to request further information.






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