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Green Skills Denmark consultancy team completes the review of the Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan for the Torbay Catchment Group – July 2018

Green Skills Denmark consultancy team completes the review of the Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan for the Torbay Catchment Group – July 2018

The Green Skills Denmark consultant team has recently completed the community engagement process and document creation for the review of the 2006 Watershed Torbay – Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan.  The community engagement process involved numerous community workshops, an online survey and a number of meetings with the Torbay Catchment Group Committee and other key stakeholders and management agency staff.  The 2018 Draft Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan was presented to community at a workshop at the Torbay Community Hall in June 2018.  All the community and agency input received over the 18-month period of writing the new draft plan has now been collated into three final documents:  The Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan 2018-2028; The Torbay Catchment Summary Action Plan 2018-2028 and the Community Engagement Report.  For further information please contact Green Skills Denmark office on 98483310 or the Torbay Catchment Group.

Women in Leadership – Example of a one day workshop

What to Expect

The one-day Women in Leadership Workshop as part of the Symposium will provide a variety of leadership methods and tools designed to enhance and empower your personal life and participation in the sector.

Regardless of our level of experience we can always learn more. Be prepared to be challenged, surprised or affirmed. It is up to you to embrace the experience and your own leadership development and style.

This is an opportunity to practice new learnings and tools in a shared and confidential setting.

Through the day we will cover the topics listed below with discussion, practical application and exploration.

In the morning

  • Definitions & Styles of Leadership.
  • The power of story – Guest speaker. Possible Topic (a) A personal reflection on leadership: challenge, choice and outcome in past, present and future. Or Topic (b) Overcoming work and personal barriers and sustaining effort long term- the four roles of a campaigner.
  • Gender and position of women in the workplace.
  • Barriers to leadership – structural and personal.

In the afternoon

  • Overcoming personal barriers: mood/emotions; using language effectively.
  • Building relationships: using relational meetings.
  • The power of story: story of self.
  • Coaching: for yourself and others for work and personal change.
  • Next steps: post event mentoring; networking; specific skill workshops.

What to Bring

  • A self-commitment to be open minded with a willingness to listen and share.
  • Note pad and pens or highlighters to suit your own note-taking needs.
  • As we work through some of the material relevant templates of tools will be provided.

(PDF version of above example HERE)

In the second half of 2017 Green Skills delivered four “Supporting Women in Leadership” one-day workshops.  Participants gave very positive feedback on the value of the workshops and how their participation helped them to become more effective in their NRM, environment, Landcare and community building efforts.

 “Inspiring and uplifting program for women – not only in the environmental industry but in their/our daily life.” (Stacey M)

 “A great experience’! It reaffirmed some things & awakened others. It has refreshed, re-energised & revitalised me, as I hoped it would.” (Nerrilee B)

 “It was very useful to meet other local environmental leaders – similar take on leadership roles and issues, especially in local community and the region.” (Rosie S)

Would you like to partner with us to support women in leadership in your region? Please CONTACT US and let’s talk about the possibilities. 



What Else is Possible – leaders for the future

At Green Skills we are passionate about leadership capability and mentoring.

We are committed to sharing our skills with current and emerging leaders, especially with women, in the environmental, Landcare, NRM and Sustainability and Community Development sectors.

We have more than three decades of experience in this sector. Our dedicated staff and project contractors, in partnership with external consultants, develop and deliver successful leadership programs for regional community leaders both within Western Australia and interstate.

We continue to be leaders in our own projects.  We appreciate the ongoing development of leadership skills as necessary to our own constant growth and improvement.

Our experienced facilitators offer a range of specific skills and leadership development workshops. These can be developed to suit organisational and/or individual needs and delivered in the work place or for self-organised groups at independent locations.

Leadership Skills Development

The following list of development workshops are 1.5 to 2 hrs and delivered in blocks of two at a venue to suit you or your organisation’s needs.  (PDF Available Here)

* Managing Crucial Conversation’s Successfully * Managing Gender Issues
* Group Dynamics * Workplaces and Groups
* Relational Meetings * Effective Fundraising
* Using Story-telling in Your Projects * Campaign Strategies
* Mapping & Building Networks * Setting Life Goals
* Visionary/ Manager / Artist – roles * Public Speaking
* How to Intervene Successfully in the Status Quo * Conflict Resolution


* Mapping your Community Well-being and Resilience in the face of a Changing Climate *

Working Together for Country: Successfully working with Indigenous Aboriginal peoples (with Indigenous facilitator)


As an experienced, highly competent and passionate team of sustainability practitioners we are committed to making a difference, taking the lead for a sustainable future, and actively engaging, encouraging and supporting others to do the same.

If you would like to find out more about these services or get more information of how we can be of service to you please contact us.


Women Embracing Leadership in our South West

Women Embracing Leadership in our South West

It is exciting to see women taking the lead in many different forms in their professional and personal lives. The recent Women in Leadership Workshops in Bunbury Western Australia were testament to the many diverse roles women play in regional and rural communities, and the relevance of relational and life-affirming leadership styles.

With a cross section of women from state and local government departments, community organisations, utilities providers and independent business owners the workshops sparked some lively and vulnerable story-sharing. Among all these stories we do find common paths as women. As leaders, current and emerging, we also realise that leadership skills are as relevant at work as they are in the community, at home and in many of our other daily relationships.

By far the biggest takeaway of these workshops is the fact that as we lead we empower other women to step up also.

As we increase awareness of, and embrace, our own styles, strengths and areas for growth we increase our individual appreciation of self and our capacity to self-manage in meaningful and positive ways.

Increased self-awareness enhances our empathy, social awareness and positive management of social relationships in all areas of our lives and the communities we live in.

Women leaders, leadershipPerhaps we could sum this up as leadership action through active self-awareness. Subtle, supportive and strong changes in our own behaviour ripples out to influence the many others with whom we interact.

A willingness to embrace uncertainties and possibilities supports us to move from states of anxiety and resignation in to more active states of curiosity and motivation. This is powerful and empowering for ourselves, and those around us, as we perform roles as changemakers, reformers, occasional rebels and everyday citizens.

We are very grateful to the women who made the time to show up, be present and share their stories at these regional workshops. All of them had a unique voice and perspective, and contributed to the success of the workshops just by being there, being themselves and being willing to participate.

Whether we are leading from the front, or leading from behind the key to life-affirming relational leadership is self-awareness and a willingness to be who you truly are not what someone or something else wants you to be.

Be great at being you!

We look forward to following up and doing more in 2018. Until then best wishes to all.

The Bunbury workshops were hosted by South West Catchment Council (SWCC)

If you are interested in hosting leadership workshops in your own community or organisation please get in touch with Dawn Atkin or Louise Duxbury  on (08) 9848 3310 or by email [email protected]

7 Great Reasons for Women to do Leadership Training

7 Great Reasons for Women to do Leadership Training

Get any group of motivated women together and the day is sure to be full of surprises, lots of different stories and, of course, lots of laughter.

Women play a unique role in community efforts, we bring different views and are often faced with distinct challenges and obstacles.

Leadership events for women encourage the sharing of stories, and increase skills for personal and community change.

The recent Women in Leadership Symposium in Manjimup was no exception.

There were many áhah’ moments as we reflected on leadership styles and began to recognize and identify with the differences between stereotypical leadership and life-affirming leadership models.

The understanding that leadership can be from ‘behind’ or from the ‘front’, and we all have our own innate way of being a leader led to great discussions about individual experiences and many acknowledgments of times in the past where each of the participants had indeed shown great leadership.

powerlessness, finding you power, corgae, empower yourself, leadership, womens leadershipAs the group began to reflect on their own stories and the journeys they had each progressed through in their personal environmental and landcare journey their turning points were revealed. Quite often the story itself followed a path that had progressed from a sense of powerlessness to one of discovering and owning their power to make change.

Taking the time to reflect and in turn be motivated by your own story, and the stories of other women, is a powerful thing in itself. 

It becomes the ‘story of us’ and is a passionate and motivating narrative for collective momentum and social change.

Add to this some deeper skills in self-reflection, deconstructing perceived and real barriers, identifying who or what you need to make change or move forward, and how you can support and include others in the process in a clear and purposeful way all contributes to the development of valuable leadership skills.


Here’s what the participants had to say and 7 reasons why you might like to get along to one of our leadership courses for women in the future.

  • It’s great to meet other women from all different roles in the environmental sector.
  • It’s always good to revise and define our own leadership styles and understanding the styles of others.
  • Increasing awareness of moods and emotions and being mindful of these roles in your-self and others can make communication and change- making more powerful.
  • Sharing experiences and stories in a group that really gets what you’re talking about is empowering in itself.
  • Reaffirming some things you know about yourself and awakening other qualities and attributes is so worth it.
  • Gaining some clarify about what’s next and some steps toward making it happen.
  • Get refreshed, revitalized and re-energised.


We are currently developing more workshops for the South coast regions. One will be based in Albany and the second in the lower South West.

If you are interested in future workshops or discussing leadership and capability skills development for your group or organisation and would like to know what else is possible please get in touch. 

Contact Dawn or Louise on [email protected] or by phone (08) 9848 3310

This event is supported by Royalties for Regions, StateNRM and the Department for Communities.



Photo featured Image: L-R Jacquie Foster, Nerilee Boshammer, Emma Maesepp, Jacqueline Lahne (back row), Dawn Atkin, Bev Lockley, Louise Duxbury (back row), Andrea Salmond. (Absent from photo Evelyn Collin and Donna Carman). Womens Leadership Symposium, Manjimup, September 2017.