MAKING CONNECTIONS: Roz Frohloff, Rob Fitz-Herbert and Sarah Vanderkolk at South Burnett Community Leadership Program dinner on Monday night.
MAKING CONNECTIONS: Roz Frohloff, Rob Fitz-Herbert and Sarah Vanderkolk at South Burnett Community Leadership Program dinner on Monday night. Will Hunter

Working together for a common purpose - community

FOR Rob Fitz-Herbert, a South Burnett leadership program has connected him with people dedicated to improving their community.

"We've all got common purpose. We all want the best for our community," Mr Fitz-Herbert said.

"It allows us to work on that together.

"It's given me a whole new network of people. I've met people I never would have normally met who are outside my normal group of people or the business community."

Mr Fitz-Herbert was one of the participants in the South Burnett Community Leadership Program, which is organised by the Red Earth Foundation.

Twenty-four program participants headed to the Bunya Mountains for two separate modules in February and March.

Foundation chair Georgie Somerset encouraged Mr Fitz-Herbert, who moved from Brisbane to the region five years ago, to join the program.

"It's a bit of a hidden gem. A lot isn't given away before you join the program," he said.

"It is developing leaders from within...getting to the very core of people and how they can improve their communities."

Councillors Danita Potter and Roz Frohloff also signed up for the 2017 program.

"This course has definitely helped my confidence," Cr Frohloff said.

Program alumni Kristy Frahm said it was a "life-changing experience".

"It led me to exploring new opportunities and making the most of the time we spend in the community and how we interact with others," Mrs Frahm said.

"It's so powerful to be a part of a network."

Mrs Frahm encouraged anyone interested to sign up to the 2018 program.

"It's not that the program is just for a period of time. It's not a one-off, you get to continually learn," she said.

"Our region is incredibly lucky to have this opportunity right here."

Mrs Somerset said a dinner on Monday night at The Bunyas was a chance for participants to share what they learnt, and thank program sponsors.

"We've got people from different industries and different walks of life," she said.

Mr Fitz-Herbert said he looked forward to keeping the connections he made in the program.

"When you go back to work it's day one. You've got a fresh perspective," he said.

Nearly 100 have been through the program since it started four years ago.

For more information on the 2018 leadership program, phone Kylie van Schyndel on 0401055906 or email kylie@torkit.com.au.

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