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Application Process EXTENDED TO 16TH FEBRUARY

The Victorian Waterway Management Twinning Program is open to all Victorian professionals currently involved in the management and protection of Victoria’s waterways.

Seven mentor/mentee partnerships are available for the 2018 Program.  We are seeking both mentees and mentors from a diverse range of disciplines and roles. Fourteen places in total will be offered in 2018 to create seven mentor/mentee partnerships. Two partnerships will involve fully funded scholarships for mentees from a Landcare or Community group and an Aboriginal representative.

Aboriginal Scholarship – a mentee scholarship for an Aboriginal person involved in the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways

Landcare/Community Group Scholarship – a mentee scholarship for a member of a not-for-profit organisation involved in the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways

River Basin Management Society Scholarship – a mentee scholarship for a River Basin Management Society member involved in the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways.

The Twinning Program is a collaboration between the Australian River Restoration Centre and Glenelg Hopkins CMA.   We are delighted that in 2018 the Victorian Government is continuing to fund the Program through the $30 million Regional Riparian Action Plan, which is part of $222 million committed in Water for Victoria to improve the health of waterways and catchments across the State.  We are also so pleased that the River Basin Management Society is funding a scholarship for 2018, following their support of our program in 2017.

Throughout the nine-month program mentors will work with their mentees to further develop an existing or developed waterway management project of the mentee.  In addition, all participants come together on three occasions throughout the Program for professional development workshops facilitated by Dr Siwan Lovett, Director of the Australian River Restoration Centre.  The Twinning Program provides a fantastic opportunity to create new networks, enhance your waterway management project, share your wisdom, develop professionally and have some fun!

Applications close Friday the 16th of February 2018.  For further information and to apply, please visit our website   Any queries can be directed to program co-ordinator Lucy Cameron  (03) 5571 2526 or (02) 6247 7997.

The Application Process:

We welcome applications from people interested in being a mentee or mentor.  Mentees are encouraged to nominate a mentor if they know of someone they would like to work with who has expertise in the waterway project they would like to focus on.  The definition of a ‘waterway project’ is broad, and includes on-ground works, community engagement, effective communication, science underpinning policy, monitoring and evaluation.  Please don’t be restricted to this list, we are open to new ideas and approaches providing they are focused on the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways.

For the mentoring program to work, there must be support and endorsement by the organisation’s management for those wanting to get involved.  This includes an allocation of time for the mentoring project within a mentee or mentor’s work program, as well as a guarantee that they can attend all three face-to-face workshop sessions.  Mentoring needs to be viewed as a core tool to aid staff development and, as such, immensely valuable to both the individual and organisation.

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The Application Forms below can be downloaded and then emailed to the Program Coordinator Lucy Cameron at  Completed applications must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday the 16th of February 2018.

Participant selection will be made by the Steering Committee in late February and based on information provided in the mentor and mentee application forms. Selection will be based primarily on the Steering Committee’s expertise and perception of the potential benefit to Victorian river health projects that can be achieved through the personal and professional capacity developed through the mentoring partnership.  Priority will be given to projects implementing the Victorian Regional Riparian Action Plan and the Water for Victoria Plan.

While open to both public and private sector professionals, where possible a representative of a Catchment Management Authority, DEWLP, Arthur Rylah Institute or Melbourne Water will be involved in each twinning partnership.  Mentors may be selected from interstate if their expertise will have significant benefit to Victorian waterways.

Scholarships will be chosen using the criteria outlined above, and their choice will not be influenced by whether the candidate could otherwise pay for their place.

If you would like to submit a query about the Program please use the form below.  You are also welcome to contact Lucy Cameron, the Program Coordinator on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (03 5571 2526 or or Siwan Lovett (02) 6247 7997.