Leadership programs


Nillumbik community has a number of leadership programs for young people aged 12-25 who live, work or study within Nillumbik Shire Council. The programs provide unique opportunities for young community members to work with likeminded individuals, develop leadership skills and make a positive impact on our community, through planning and delivery community projects. 


 Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards 2022

Some of Nillumbik’s most outstanding young women have been recognised at Nillumbik Shire Council’s Young Women Leader Awards. The awards, which were presented at Council’s annual International Women’s Day event on 9 March 2022, celebrate the significant achievements of young women in the Nillumbik community.

Nillumbik Shire Council congratulates these amazing young women and everyone who was nominated for an award.

2022 Young Women Leaders

Young Woman of the Year

Fieke van Der Kamp has been a passionate member of the inaugural Nillumbik Shire Youth Council and was elected as the first Youth Council Mayor in 2021. She has dedicated her time to empowering and inspiring other young people in the community.
Fieke was selected to attend a meeting with the Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health, where she provided feedback on mental health challenges face by young people and workshopped solutions and programs to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians.

Young Creative Leader

Abigail Wilson has made an incredible impact in the creative arts space, using her skills as a film maker to shine a spotlight on community groups in Nillumbik. Abigail’s award-winning short films demonstrate her commitment to storytelling, showcasing lesser-known tales of Nillumbik’s people and community.
Selecting video subjects that are often overlooked, Abigail demonstrates advocacy for community groups and organisations, highlighting her value of community spirit, identity and team work.

Young Sport Leader

Jessica Alpen has been a volunteer assistant coach for the All Abilities cricket team at Research Eltham Collegians Cricket Club since its inception. She consistently demonstrates leadership in all areas of the club’s All Abilities program and has proven to be an exceptional role model for all players on the team, developing strong connections with the playing group, their families/carers and the wider club community.

Young Business Leader

Orianna Edmonds is the proud owner of Naturally Goat Skincare, manufacturing high-quality organic goat’s milk skincare and body products, produced from the milk collected from her own goat herd. Through her proactive approach to developing her business, Orianna has had a significant impact on the Nillumbik community, supporting other local farms, producers, retailers and consumers.

Young Gender Equity Leader

Brianne Keogh is a dedicated member of the Nillumbik Youth Council, where she acts as a voice for young women in the community. Brianne’s continuous advocacy for the young women of Nillumbik has been pivotal in ensuring gender equity is represented in the new Nillumbik Youth Strategy throughout all priority areas.

  For further information please contact Nicola Clutton, Acting Team Leader Youth Development, youth@nillumbik.vic.gov.au 

Nillumbeats FReeZA Committee 

Nillumbik Youth are always looking for young, enthusiastic and innovative volunteers interested in joining their Nillumbik FReeZA committee Nillumbeats to help create, organise and deliver events for other young people in the community!

What you get out of being a Nillumbik Nillumbeats committee member:

  • Gain experience and skills in event planning and management
  • Receive mentoring from music and events industry experts
  • Be a voice for your peers and advocate on local youth
  • Develop leadership, communication and teamwork skills
  • Increase your understanding of Local Government
  • Gain hands-on project management experience and contribute to the development of your community 

This program is for young people aged 15 - 25.

 For more information on Nillumbik Nillumbeats , contact Molly Jessop, Youth Development Officer, Youth@nillumbik.vic.gov.au


Community Youth Leader Programs

Nillumbik Youth Productions  

Nillumbik Youth Productions Inc is a non-for-profit incorporation, operated by youth, to provide accessible and inclusive opportunities for people to create and perform theatre and other art forms.

Nillumbik Youth Productions has been putting on an annual musical for many years. Originally a Council ran program, their previous productions include Hairspray, High School Musical, Grease and Rock of Ages. Their 2020/21 production is "We Will Rock You" 

 Find out more 

headspace Greensborough Youth Advisory Committee

headspace Greensborough works closely with a group of young volunteers who provide valuable input into the centre to ensure it is accessible and youth friendly. Known as the YAC (Youth Advisory Committee), these passionate and committed young people get involved in a range of awareness raising and mental health promotion activities such as:

  • Delivering presentations to schools and community groups on topics relevant to young people's mental health and wellbeing
  • Planning and delivering mental health awareness raising events within the local community
  • Providing important input into the ongoing development of the headspace Greensborough service.

 For more information on the Expression of Interest process, contact headspace Greensborough

Diamond Creek Rotary 


Interact Clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

Interact Clubs organise at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary Club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.

For more information on Interact


Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

Rotaract is a global organisation that empowers students and young professionals to create positive and lasting change in themselves, their local community and around the world.

Click here for more information on Rotaract