Gaining support from local mentors

By September 15, 2019General News

Our next event Let’s Nut it Out in Raywood, part of the Ramp Up Resilience, is happening this Tuesday 17th September. It’s designed to give people the opportunity to tap into the skills and advice of locals with specialist skills as well as fellow participants.

Check out the mentors attending on the day. We are taking final registrations today if you want to come but haven’t yet booked.

You can find out more about what’s happening on the day here, or register directly here.

See you there!

Mentor Skill Areas Bio
Tess Grieves

North Central CMA

Grant writing, natural resources, cultural heritage, events Tess Grieves is the Regional Landcare Coordinator with North Central CMA and currently supports over 160 environmental and sustainable agriculture volunteer groups and more than 5000 volunteers.

In 2017 Tess completed the Compass Women in Leadership course, a topic she is passionate about to create more visibility for rural women, she is also keenly interested in community engagement, environmental interpretation, communication resource development and storytelling science.

Rebecca McHutchison

Coliban Water

Community projects, engaging community, water,
facilitating conversations
Rebecca graduated from LeadLM Community leadership Program in 2018. I am constantly learning and already this year have gained certification in engagement (Cert IV IAP2) easy English, family violence, co-design, facilitation and strategic planning. I am currently the treasurer of Kiwanis Sandhurst (Bendigo Family Hub) and the Community Relations Specialist at Coliban Water. In this role I facilitate conversations between communities and decision makers in all areas including sustainability, climate change and water to live grow and enjoy.
Chris Corr

Bendigo Sustainability Group / Bendigo Community Power Hub

Partnerships, community energy, project management


Chris Corr is a long-time volunteer with the Bendigo Sustainability Group and also the Project Manager of the Community Power Hub Bendigo project.  Chris is a civil engineer with over 20 years’ experience in project management and consulting, including in recent years renewable energy projects and electric vehicles.   Under the CPH Bendigo project Chris has led the team working with community members, organisations, industry and stakeholders, including government, to deliver local jobs and economic benefits for the region.

For five years Chris was on the Board of the BSG and he is also an active volunteer with Bike Bendigo and the Country Fire Authority where he does or has held management roles.

Melanie McCarthy

Leading for Success

Leadership, people management, relationship building  Melanie firmly believes that ‘it’s all about people, not just “community” or “stakeholders”.’ These values, in which ‘you do not give up on people’, have led her to create supportive and flexible workplaces that have a completely different culture to traditional workplaces.

Melanie’s experience spans agribusiness start-ups; board roles in government and private industry and over two decades in operational and executive roles in the resources sector.  She is q qualified leadership coach and runs Leading for Success events and leadership training courses.  Melanie was awarded the 2018 Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources award in recognition of her contribution to leadership and is a sought-after public speaker.

Dr Jennifer Alden

Councillor, City of Greater Bendigo

Strategy, navigating local government, local food Jennifer is a Health Broker with three decades experience working to improve health and wellbeing in the community. She is a City of Greater Bendigo Councillor for Lockwood ward and was Deputy Mayor in 2017/18. She has a Doctorate of Public Health with a special interest in food policy, a Masters in Women’s Health and an Honours degree in Science, plus a Diploma of Natural Therapies, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course, and has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. Until recently she was a board member of Bendigo FoodShare. She is chair of the Bendigo Regional Food Alliance and a member of the Public Health Association of Australia. She has undertaken consultancies for different Victorian local government areas in the past and organised the inaugural Australian Community Food Hubs conference.