LfG 17/18 Seminar 4 blog
Civic Leadership: written by the Barwon Syndicate, LfG
This session kicked off with the leadership group reviewing four
of the recommendations from the Administrators Quarterly Report to
the Minister for Local Government. The groups considered key
challenges in delivering some of the recommendations and what
success might look like after 12 months, 2 years or 5 years.
City of Greater Geelong Administrators, Laurinda Gardner and
Peter Dorling, then presented to the group. The presentation, which
discussed recommendations from theCommission of Inquiryand
discussion of results achieved to date, gave the leadership group a
deeper understanding of the importance of building strong
relationships with the State Government. It also provided an
understanding about how to get involved and be informed; the
importance of building up our own knowledge; Geelong is good but
can be great; the importance of the administrators listening to the
community - even though they might not get what the results they
were after - and finally, that consultation means you are genuinely
involving the group in the decision and they can influence the
A panel discussion with members of the Citizens Jury gave a real
insight into democracy in action, and the group was very grateful
for the time provided by the panel members - Sarah Gofton, Caroline
Danaher and Mark Petale. The panel provided great insight into the
Geelong Citizens Jury including the selection process and how the
process was facilitated. With 100 jury members it was very
interesting to see how they achieved the final recommendations over
five Saturday sessions. Key learnings were: The process was
as important as the outcome; One must actively listen to the quiet
voices (deep listening); and to remember that the focus should be
on the common good.
Leadership members Andrew Cornell and Derek Griffin shared their
leadership journey and Derek set the standard high for those to
follow, by being a great salesman and providing us all with
The afternoon kicked off with Cr Carol McGregor and Stephanie
Asher, past LfG alumni members sharing with us their journey in
public and volunteer roles. This provided an insight into the
importance of personal integrity, beliefs and ethics and the
ability to control how much you give to the community in terms of
volunteering, rather than developing a thick skin. They also
shared personal insights as alumni of LfG, and advised that we
endeavour to stay present, make the most of this experience and ask
We were very fortunate to finish the day with an international
guest - Bill Leighty who was in Geelong as part of the
International Speaker Series: winning from second initiative. Bill
shared with us the importance of building networks and the benefit
of relationships and provided 10 leadership development lessons as
well. He also provided his international perspective on the great
outlook for Geelong and strengths we should build on.
To wrap up the day the group considered some key future citizen
jury focus areas:
- What are the infrastructure projects that Geelong need to
prioritise to grow Geelong?
- Is a convention centre going to drive Geelong into the future?
If not what other infrastructure projects are needed?
- Whether the brand "G-town" represents Geelong.
- Do we want to see a convention centre at the Deakin carpark
with all the surrounding car park and accommodation issues?