Maribyrnong & hobsons Bay Lead the way
A community leadership project for the inner west
In 2022/23 Network West was funded by the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund to work with emerging community leaders and neighbourhood houses in Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay, to build a more inclusive and resilient local community.
The project was about amplifying the voices of emerging leaders from diverse communities and making sure we can all engage more readily with one another, not just with those who are the most visible or the closest. It was also about unpacking and learning about the systems and processes that govern us. If community members understand the systems they live within, and how they can influence those systems, they can feel more capable and confident to take action on issues that are important to them and their community – such as social justice, food security, climate change, social inclusion, First Nations solidarity, and mental health and wellbeing.
Network West collaborated with some amazing partners to deliver a suite of programs and networking opportunities to build community resilience. These partners included Hot House Community Projects, The Avaivilla Group, Track C Consulting, and Jeder Institute. We also worked closely with different departments from Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong City Council’s to create opportunities for meaningful connection and to promote and enable active citizenship.