Interviews with inspiring community entrepreneurs – Michael Leonhard, Corryong
If you’re inspired by big picture thinkers who move mountains and make things happen, you’re in for a treat.
In our years of working with community groups such as neighbourhood houses (there will be one in most communities), we have come across many social enterprise initiatives. Some of these were set up before social enterprises became main stream. From the op shops to the community bookshop and everything in between, imagination and the will to make things happen has spurred these initiatives and kept the community heart beat alive.
In this interview, Pat talks to Michael Leonhard, Coordinator for Community Service and Development, at the Corryong Neighbourhood Centre about the Upper Murray Community Bakehouse and what’s involved with setting up a social enterprise. In the heart of Snowy River country, Corryong was in danger of losing its bakery until the Neighbourhood Centre stepped up and turned it into a seven-day a week operation, bringing some vitality to the town at the weekend. Michael has been generous in his advice, typical of the passion that lies in the lifeblood of communities. Listen to his words of wisdom and find out about a second social enterprise the Neighbourhood Centre is about to get going.