Leadership Ballarat and Western Region 19 explored regional sustainability in all forms during their latest program day on October 30.
Starting our sustainability learning onsite at Triggs Dairy Farm, in Bungaree, participants were able to view a working model of state-of-the-art technology assisting farming practices to become more ethical, more efficient and more user friendly.
The latest technology has updated the practices at the dairy, making the dairy - and the cows - very happy indeed and setting the business up for increasing future productivity.
Biodigesters used to produce electricity were also shown to the group and were a great example of how solid farm waste could be put to multiple uses to enhance farm sustainability.
Dominic Murphy, from the Hepburn Shire Council, also enlightened LBWR19 participants on modern technology, with machines turning food and garden waste into electricity.
The Hepburn Shire Council sustainability team are exploring different waste management strategies, from the use of the simple garden worm farm to high tech machines creating sustainable energy sources, all with a vision of creating practical solutions to an ever growing waste problem.
Sustainability of the environment is an increasing concern globally.
As leaders, our own energy reserves and the maintenance of our wellbeing was investigated with the help of Ellen Jackson, from Positive Psychology.
Techniques and research presented by Ellen taught LBWR19's emerging leaders about looking after their own health and how important it was for community leaders to have techniques at the ready in times of stress, pressure and conflicting demands.
Participants' leadership journey with LBWR is nearly drawing to a close and in light of this the group were able to reflect on our own personal growth and the objectives and challenges we foresee moving forward.
The focus of this program day was regional sustainability.
The development of inspired, passionate and community minded participants within the LBWR19 program has a positive effect not only on the sustainability of our region, but the region's capacity to innovate and thrive.