This year, on the 6th of October 2016, the Tablelands Regional Council will host the Northern Rural Management Challenge. And among the participants, will be an Indigenous team from the remote Mornington Shire!
What happens at a Rural Management Challenge?
The Rural Management Challenge is designed to allow rural councils to get the benefits of the experiential learning and team building activities that make up the Challenge. The emphasis is on learning – both individually and as a team, providing real-life problem-solving experiences and creating outcomes that translate into relevant, tangible and enduring benefits for individuals, their teams and their organisations.
Making a difference
Given the significant issues faced by Mornington, such as housing shortages, degraded infrastructure, cost of travel and low education levels of employees, you might wonder why the Council puts effort towards getting to the Challenge, now for the second year in a row. But according to Mornington Shire CEO Frank Mills, ‘We noticed drastic changes in staff who attended the challenge last year. This program provides staff the opportunity to listen and learn from other councils’ staff and understand how other councils face similar types of situation and how to tackle issues.’
‘Opportunities are far and few between for staff of councils as remote as ours to participate in the local government arena outside their home base. Your generous scholarship opportunity for our team opened the doors for a number of staff to take a giant step into a new world. Having this valuable experience now behind them, we look forward to the team members taking on other challenges and continuing to prove themselves, council and community how valuable they can be as staff members, role models and mentors for others, especially indigenous employees.’
Walking the talk
Mornington Shire Council is proud to currently employ almost 85 per cent Indigenous local residents within our 110-strong staff body. This means 93 staff members are originally from the region that we are all actively working towards making even better.