Emerging Leader of the Year


This category recognises those working in local government who are under the age of 35, and demonstrate a high level of leadership, skill and commitment to their community.

2018 Emerging Leader of the Year Winner:

Brad Vitale, Community Development Officer from the Shire of Waroona, Western Australia

About Brad

Despite having worked in local government for only two years, Brad has improved corporate processes, developed a number of unique and innovative initiatives, fostered different practices in leadership and management, and demonstrated practicality and resourcefulness.

In 2017-2018, Brad worked on a number of unique and innovative initiatives and redesigned existing projects to be more effective and efficient. These included:

Baldja Program

A 12-month collaborative program involving over 40 organisations with the objective to improve mental health outcomes for Aboriginal youth in the community where suicide rates are high. Brad worked with WA Primary Health Alliance, advocating for funding for the alliance which became the first to be delivered by the Shire of Waroona to adopt a holistic approach and manage such a large number and variety of community organisations, sporting clubs, health service providers, government agencies and businesses.

Waroona Interagency Group

This forum for agencies delivering community services share knowledge and work collectively to address community safety and wellbeing issues. Objectives include information sharing, providing policy-makers with an informed, collective view from service providers and build capacity to better meet the needs of the Waroona community. The membership network now stands at over 70 representatives from more than 50 community organisations, sporting clubs, health service providers, government agencies and businesses.

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

This is a forum for young people, who advise the Shire of Waroona on community issues, requirements and opinion. Membership is varied, and open to all aged between 12 and 25 years. Brad was instrumental in the review and modification of YAC, assisting the members to complete a restructure, develop a strategic plan, mission and objectives, and implement processes for the operation and management of the organisation. Waroona YAC now has an Executive Board consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, with general members having identified roles such as Social Media Coordinators and Projects Coordinators. This provides an opportunity for the young people in these roles to gain experience in leadership, governance, management and accountability. The new and improved YAC have been involved in a number of projects including: Movies Under the Stars; Youth Fest; Banners on the Terrace; Youth Strategy development; and, R U OK Day.

Further information on these programs can be provided by contacting warshire@waroona.wa.gov.au.

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