Arts Narrogin is looking to cover the $700 registration fee and provide support to two attendees from the surrounding local shires to attend Country Arts WA’s Local Leadership Program. It will be necessary to submit an application through the Country Arts WA website and forward that same application info to us via email. Please contact Cait Stewart on 08 9881 6987 or if you are interested and would like more information. 

Country Arts WA is delivering the Local Leadership Program for communities to connect, collaborate and create together.

Local leadership is a community development program to build local teams to share local knowledge and drive local programs. In a supportive learning environment, you will discover how to uncover and develop your own leadership skills using Positive Psychology principles and Asset Based Community Development practices.

You will achieve this by learning:

  • Self-led leadership skills and models | If it’s going to be, it is up to me!
  • Collaborative leadership skills and models | Creating teams and teamwork for success
  • The ability to lead community contribution | We have the power to create the community we want

Read on for more info, or download the flyers for Broome or Margaret River.

How does this work?

The Local Leadership Program will include:

  • 6 days of face-to-face workshops (for 12-20 people)
  • professional one-on-one coaching
  • buddy coaching sessions

A professional one-on-one coaching session is where you get the opportunity to work in partnership with a coach to receive structure, guidance and support to develop yourself and your project idea.

Buddy coaching sessions is where you work with a colleague in the program to help each other apply the leadership learning models to your projects. The primary goal of buddy coaching is to support and receive support from someone using a coaching model, which you will be trained in.

Is this for me?

Leadership is not a position it’s a way of being that enables you to help others to shine.  The program is for those committed to developing their leadership skill set. It is designed for people who work in teams and recognise the importance of working well with other people. The program encourages a growth mindset, looks at challenges and uncertainty (around change) and emergence (of new ideas).

Why should I go?

  • You want to deliver an ambitious project in your community with as much impact as possible.
  • You currently work as part of a team and want to help raise the level of your performance.
  • You want your community to be better connected and more creative.

Who is the facilitator?

Country Arts WA Network Director Barb Howard will facilitate your local leadership development. Barb co-delivered the Artful Leadership for Community Building Program in Perth in 2017 and 2018 and supported the delivery of the program in the Goldfields-Esperance Region in 2015. Barb has worked in a range of industries including in the corporate and small business sectors and education and health, developing the leadership capacity of others. She holds two undergraduate degrees from Murdoch University, is the chairperson for Haka for Life, is on the development team of two social enterprises and she mentors Indigenous leaders across Australia.

Barb lived in regional WA for 10 years and she recently completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program over 15 months with 32 people from around rural, regional and remote Australia.  She is passionate about helping others make connections to creatively fulfill on ambitious projects while experiencing support to make a real and lasting difference.

When are the dates?

  Margaret River Broome
Workshop One Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March
Workshop Two Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May
Workshop Three Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June

Registration Dates

  • Opens: 14 January 2019
  • Closes: 1 March 2019


A contribution of $700 plus GST paid in advance of program commencement (actual value is $1,500).

This fee includes the cost of all workshops and professional one-on-one coaching. This fee does not include travel, accommodation, per diems or meals.

Contact for further information: Barb Howard, Country Arts WA Network Director – or 08 9200 6217 / 1800 811 883 (regional WA freecall)

How do I register?

Participation is by registration and will be accepted on a first-come-first served basis. Each workshop is for a minimum of 12 people and maximum of 20 people. Registration is via the online form at the Country Arts WA website.