“The benefits for council have been many. The significant increase in self-confidence, initiative, professionalism and motivation for each employee who has attended has been very evident to peers and management.”

Rod Nicholls CEO, Golden Plains Shire


“RYLA was an amazing week designed to boost young people’s leadership potential and self-confidence facilitated by an energetic and professional team of RYLA leaders. Through six days of education and activities, both physical and mental, the young participants slowly grew in confidence and learnt much about their own personal and professional development potential. I know that I personally came away from the week with a greater sense of self-confidence and a better insight into myself and my own capabilities. I would strongly recommend to any organisation thinking of sending young employees to this program that it is a fantastic initiative and a wise investment for the future.”

Steven Quick, Golden Plains Works Engineer – RYLA Participant.


“For most young staff, joining Council is not only their first taste of Local Government, but in many cases, their first professional occupation. The RYLA program enables those young staff members to identify and develop qualities already within them, which in turn can only benefit our Community. RYLA also helps young staff to learn the importance of listening to the ideas of peers – an important factor in a progressive Council.”

Lachlan Murphy Safety and Risk Support Officer


“The RYLA program gave me the opportunity to critically reflect on all aspects of my life and develop a new set of goals that align to my personal values and aspirations.

I was able to gain greater experience in public speaking and working in a team environment and develop greater confidence in my own abilities that I have been able to transfer into my position at Council”.

Paul Owen Community Recreation Officer



“RYLA changed my life. It somehow melted off the social phobias that muffle out the latent confident leaders in us all. I came out of RYLA with a new sense of inner and professional confidence, a unique understanding of team, the ingredients to be a great leader and the drive to make a difference. It was an amazing life-altering experience that has resonated in both my professional and personal life.”

Stephanie Chapman Council Executive Unit Support Officer