Growing Community Leaders

The Fischer Community Leadership Initiative was launched in 2022, and continues with funding from the New South Wales Government Stronger Country Communities Fund, and with the support of The Border Trust and the Federation and Greater Hume Councils.

The Leadership programs will focus on developing leadership skills to create a group of community leaders that are equipped to take action, and make a difference.

Participants will undertake the scoping and planning of community-led projects to make an impact in their local communities.

Also a key part of this initiative is the “The Winding Road” podcast series, providing inspiration from the real life experiences of local leaders.

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To enable & empower leadership within our community from the grassroots up.


To create a community of leaders who believe that by taking action they can make a difference.

The Fischer Community Leadership Program - Our Namesake

Tim Fischer embodied many attributes of what it means to be a good leader. Perhaps this resonates with rural and regional Australians in a particularly meaningful way; he did not defer to any preconceived ideas of what a leader looks like, he was his own person and his strong values guided him through complex territory, simply getting on with the right thing to do. As Marcus Aurelius said, “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”

This initiative will provide a range of programs tailored to our communities, always striving to provide the support and inspiration needed for new, emerging and existing leaders in our communities.

We envision creating an extraordinary network of leaders that see our communities through recovery from recent challenges, and provide those leaders with the skills and support needed to avoid or recover from burnou

Ms Judy Brewer, AO

Judy lives on her farm at Mudgegonga in North East Victoria. This property has been in her family for over 150 years, and she is deeply connected to the land and the community. She is the mother to two amazing boys Harrison and Dominic and widow of the former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer.

“The Fischer Community Leadership Program will build capacity in peer leadership and provide mentoring for emerging leaders working directly with people with diverse needs who are doing it particularly tough after the effects of the pandemic.”

“Civic participation was a particular passion of my late husband, the Hon Tim Fischer AC, for whom the Fischer Community Leadership Program has been generously named. I know that he would be particularly proud to be associated with such a worthwhile and timely initiative.”

The initiative provides:

  1. Skills development: Building leadership skills such as leadership styles and stages of leadership, self-awareness, personality profiling, team dynamics, public speaking, time management, project management, decision-making, coaching and mentoring.
  2. Community knowledge & awareness: Growing a better understanding of their own and other communities and the myriad of related issues.
  3. Network expansion: Developing relationships within the cohort but also with other leaders and institutions in their community.
  4. Practical experience: Learning through workshops, projects and reflections. This allows participants to implement and build on what they have learnt.
  5. Building a powerful network of alumni – creating networks of new, emerging and existing leaders. Our alumni network will exemplify leadership values through friendship and mentorship, and will become advocates for leadership and the foundation in our communities

A series of unique and inspiring success stories.

We bring you unique stories of real-life leadership from across the Albury-Wodonga region, to inspire, empower and educate.

Community Leadership Programs.

In 2024, the program will run twice in both Greater Hume and Federation. The first of the programs will be a new two-day immersive format, and will be delivered in Culcairn and Urana in March.