“Buy-A-Paver” to celebrate Mechanics Institute 100th Birthday

In conjunction with the 100th Birthday celebration of the Tolmie Mechanics Institute, which will be held in May 2020, we are thinking of repaving the path with a “Buy A Paver” drive.

Pavers will be sold for around $25 per paver with your name/s on them and then laid into a new path at the entrance to the Hall.

At this moment we are looking for expressions of interest to see if there is enough people interested in purchasing a paver.  Whilst some people may have already laid a paver at the Church, we understand there is also quite a few people who missed out on this and would like to be part of Tolmie history.

If you are interested could you please let Karen McGregor know on 0425 740 257 or by email – karen.mcgregor45@gmail.com .

Tolmie Community Based Bushfire Management Group

Community Based Bushfire Management (CBBM) is a new way of reducing the risk of bushfire in Victoria where fire agencies, councils and communities work together to develop local solutions to reduce bushfire risk.
Towns are selected to take part based on their level of bushfire risk and their demonstrated willingness to work together and with agencies.
Tolmie demonstrated the leadership, networks and capability to plan and deliver events that saw it nominated and succeed in being selected as one of only 21 Victorian towns taking part in this project.
Following the very successful ‘Bushfire Simulation’ held at the Tolmie Hall in February, interested residents were invited to form a CBBM group.
Residents will be meeting with representatives from CFA, Forest Fire Management Victoria and the Mansfield Shire Council to work together addressing the issues and concerns about fire that affect Tolmie directly.
The group has had their first meeting and several ideas on fuel reduction, community education and ways to increase resident’s safety were considered and discussed. Future community events were suggested and plans are already being made.
Guest speakers are being organised for a meeting to increase the groups knowledge on roadside management and the plan is to meet monthly, working closely with the fire agencies and Council in having a greater say in how the bushfire risk in Tolmie is managed.
If you are a resident of Tolmie that would like to be involved contact Sue Harley on 0407 604 012.

Mansfield L.E.A.D. Local Youth Leadership Program

If you know of a local young person (18-25) who would benefit from being involved in this project please pass on the attached information or contact Kristy Wells, Engage Project Officer. Kristy.wells@mansfield.vic.gov.au or 5775 8619

Mansfield Shire Council’s Youth Team has been funded by State Government Engage! Funding to develop a Youth Leadership and Social Enterprise Program.

We are currently recruiting young people aged 18 – 25 for an 8 day leadership program that will run in three blocks over March and April. The Mansfield L.E.A.D program aims to empower, connect and further develop the leadership skills of individual young people through skills sessions focusing on; decision making, leading others, conflict resolution, effective communication, finding your purpose and building robust working relationships. Other benefits of the program will be; one on one mentoring, completing a community project and inspirational guest speakers.

The intention of the Mansfield L.E.A.D program is to engage Mansfield’s’ young adults in an authentic, hands-on leadership experience. Through developing a deeper understanding of personal values, leadership archetypes and effective communication, participants will grow in confidence and will be more resilient in relationships, study and professionally.

The Program

4 Day Retreat | 8 – 11 March 2019 An intensive leadership immersion ‘retreat’. This will run in conjunction with Picnic in the Park.

3 Day Melbourne Experience | 10 – 12 April 2019 A Melbourne immersion to experience inspirational guest speakers and visit various organisations, including youth run social enterprises

1 Day Conclusion Camp | Friday 26 April 2019 Final debrief and where to next.

To be able to offer a leadership program of this calibre and locally is pretty special and a great opportunity.

Further information:

Participant Information Flyer

Business Flyer

You can check out the fantastic work of our project partners at http://www.themandalaproject.com.au/

Boost Your Small Business with $20K Digital Transformation Grant

Local small businesses will have the opportunity to be part of a nationwide mentoring program to transform and grow their business through improving their digital capability.

Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has announced the Liberal National Government’s Small Business Digital Champions Project.

100 small businesses from diverse sectors across Australia will be chosen to receive a digital transformation valued at up to $20,000. This will include the hardware, software and digital skills training required for them to thrive.

Mentoring Assistance

Fifteen of these businesses will be selected to become a ‘Digital Champion’ – to undergo their transformation in the public spotlight, with the mentoring assistance of high profile Australian entrepreneurs including:

•Larry Kestelman – founder of Dodo internet, lead investor in technology start-up incubator Oxygen Ventures, chairman of Frankly Digital Marketing agency and owner of the National Basketball League.

•Dr Sam Prince – founder of hospitality chain Zambrero, founder of aid organisation One Disease and medical group Next Practice.

•Michelle Bridges – fitness trainer and founder of the online 12WBT Program.

Local small businesses can register their interest in the project now at digitalchampions.jobs.gov.au. Applications will open in January for 2 weeks.

Eligibility is open to Australian owned and operated businesses with less than 20 full time (or equivalent) employees, including sole traders. Small businesses that have not received any Government funding (State or Commonwealth) for the same or similar digital supports are invited to apply.

To be able to participate, a small business will have to:

  • demonstrate compliance with all taxation laws and industrial relations laws, and
  • have an identifiable digital need.

If a small business owner is successful in their application, they must be willing to have details of their business available publically and be willing to be promoted online through a range of digital channels.

These small business owners will also need to agree to a regular schedule of engagements, such as interviews, coaching sessions with mentors and digital training over a 12-month period.

For more information visit www.jobs.gov.au/digital-champions

Small Business Digital Champions Factsheet