Regional Development Australia Central West (RDA Central West) recently celebrated the launch of the 2021 TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue with a new group of students and mentors from the Orange, Cabonne and Blayney local government areas.

RDA Central West CEO, Sam Harma said he was excited to see the TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue continue in 2021 after the program’s success last year.

“This is the second year we have run TEN4TEN and we have another fantastic cohort of students and mentors involved in the program,” said Mr Harma.

“We would like to thank all of the students who applied for the program and congratulate the ten successful applicants who will be wonderful ambassadors for their school and community.”

“Mentoring plays a major role in fostering the next generation of young leaders in our community and it’s clear that the future of the Central West is bright, and in good hands!”

The Year 11 students selected to take part in this year’s program are:

  • Bonnie Murphy, James Sheahan Catholic High School
  • Charlotte Crome, Blayney High School
  • Eliza Ward, Kinross Wolaroi School
  • Ellenor Crawford, Kinross Wolaroi School
  • Gianrico Wynn, Kinross Wolaroi School
  • Hayden Bliss, Molong Central School
  • Narayani Pathak, Orange High School
  • Ryan Ellis, Canowindra High School
  • Sophia Bayada, James Sheahan Catholic High School; and
  • Tyler Morris, Anson Street School.

The official launch of the TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue was held to mark the start of the program and saw students and mentors participate in a speed networking activity and hear from guest speaker, Amy van de Ven, Franchisee of Quest Orange.

The launch followed a morning tea that was held with the Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC, Minister for Regional Youth during NSW Youth Week for past and present students involved in the program.

Over the course of the TEN4TEN program the students will also attend an afternoon tea at Orange City Council Chambers with Mentor and Mayor Cr Reg Kidd, Orange City Council CEO, David Waddell, Blayney Shire Council General Manager, Rebecca Ryan and Cabonne Council General Manager, Bradley Byrnes.

A visit to Parliament of NSW in Sydney, hosted by Mentor and Member for Orange Phil Donato, and Australian Parliament House in Canberra, hosted by Mentor and Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee MP, are planned for later in the year.

RDA Central West will also organise a tour of the Charles Sturt University Orange campus with Mentor and Director of External Engagement, Julia Andrews and a site visit to Cadia mine with Mentor and Senior Community Relations Specialist at Newcrest Mining Cadia Valley Operations, Melissa O’Brien.

To find out more about the TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue, visit https://rdacentralwest.org.au/projects/ten4ten-2021/

The delivery of the 2021 TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue is supported by the NSW Government, Blayney Shire Council, Orange City Council and Cabonne Council.