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Voices for Indi - history, the policy platform, and where to from here

Democracy for Dinner

Sunday, 28 October 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (AEDT)

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Driven by questions from the Williamson Community Leadership Program for Voices for Indi, this conversation will explore the following: 

1. History and rationale for voices for Indi
2. What was the "Indi process" and how did you arrive at a policy platform for the election?
3. What did you think were the most important things to consider when running a campaign?
4. What were the main challenges/ lessons learned?
5. Did it turn out as expected?
6. What work is Voices for Indi doing now?

Instant tea and coffee facilities on site, but we reccomend grabbing a takeaway coffee from Public Inn and bringing along. Arrive any time from 10.50am for an 11am start. 

About the speakers

Denis picDenis Ginnivan

President, Voices for Indi; Co-chair-Totally Renewable Yackandandah; Director, Events That Matter

Denis was raised in farming communities in the beautiful foothills of the Australian Alps, near Benalla in north-east Victoria. His undergraduate studies majored in psychology, sociology and behavioural sciences; with postgraduate studies and qualifications in social work, agricultural economics and mediation.

Denis has always lived and worked in rural and regional Australia. His early work in disability and community services; rehabilitation, and support services for farmers in financial difficulties was followed by a career in leadership and Director roles across community services, research, and allied health.

Since Voices for Indi was formed in 2012, Denis has shifted his efforts to effective engagement and strategic community building through Voices for Indi, Totally Renewable Yackandandah and his company - Events That Matter.


Alana picAlana Johnson

Alana Johnson is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in leadership, rural development and gender equality. This year she was inducted into the prestigious Victorian Women’s Honour Roll.

Alana is a founder and past President of Voices for Indi, the nationally renowned democracy project in the electorate of Indi.

Currently Alana is the Chair of the Victorian Women’s Trust, Dep. Chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council, a member of the Victorian Ministerial Council for Women’s Equality, the Victorian Rural Women’s Network reference group and the Museum Victoria Invisible Farmer Project.

A renowned public speaker and facilitator, Alana has appeared on ABC’s Q&A, is a recipient of the Victorian Rural Women’s Award and was named in the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia and the inaugural 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness.

Voices for Indi

Voices for Indi is a voluntary community organization based in the Federal seat of Indi in North East Victoria. It was formed in 2012 to nurture ways in which people could engage as citizens and participate in our democracy. It has developed a range of processes and resources to bring people together and activate their interests and responsibilities as a good citizen.

V4I endorsed Cathy McGowan’s candidacy for the 2013 federal election. The successful 2016 election campaigns saw Cathy McGowan elected with an increased majority. 

Have questions about Voices for Indi - history, the policy platform, and where to from here? Contact Democracy for Dinner

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Castlemaine Community House
65 Templeton Street
Classroom 1
Castlemaine, VIC 3450

Sunday, 28 October 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (AEDT)

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