Operation Next Gen Collie
Facilitated by Kerry Anderson and supported by the Collie Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, Operation Next Gen Collie commenced in March 2017 and will continue through until March 2018. Sixteen ambassadors are committed to leading new conversations with new people in new places. Their mission is to look at existing landscapes with fresh eyes and encourage entrepreneurs to create a diverse range of career opportunities into the future.
Taking Control of Our Own Destiny - April, 2017
A group of emerging leaders are preparing to continue the conversations started through the Reimaging Collie taskforce as part of a two-year program being funded by the Collie & District Community Branch of the Bendigo Bank.
An advisory committee is working with entrepreneur advocate Kerry Anderson who has developed the successful Operation Next Gen program especially for rural towns that are seeking to take control of their own destiny and strengthen their future prospects. READ MORE
Operation Next Gen Collie Ambassadors announced - May 2017
Operation Next Gen Collie ‘ambassadors’ leading the conversation include James Abbot, Brant Edwards, Brianne Farr, Jodie Hanns, Mystique Hillier, Jasmine Hulls, Jarrod Martin, Tyron Massara, Wil Massara, Erik Mellegers, Regan Old, Jo Stanley, Ash Stewart, Natasha Ugle, Katie van den Brand, and Rebecca Woods
Their mandate is clear. Give everyone in the community an opportunity to get involved in the discussions and ideas as they gather momentum. However, having an open mind when it comes to positive change and a willingness to think creatively and look at existing landscapes with fresh eyes will be integral to the program’s success. READ MORE
Local Students Have Spoken
207 students from the Collie district recently completed a survey outlining their thoughts about their future, going into business, and what it’s like to live in Collie. The results revealed that an astonishing 63% of students are interested in owning a business. Reflecting on this statistic student council representatives of Collie Senior High School were prompted to ask: “Is it time as a community to focus on our future entrepreneurs?”
READ - some great stories on how rural and regional towns and cities have reinvented themselves.
Understanding new career paths in technology and Putting Collie on the Virtual Map was the focus of workshops with students, teachers and business owners on Weds 2 and Saturday 5 August. Led by Tim Gentle from Think Digital, many useful skills were gained and a higher appreciation of the role that technology plays in future business.