25th Anniversary Celebrations

Join us to celebrate our 25th Anniversary

This year, we are celebrating 25 years of leadership investment and development in rural, regional and remote communities. This celebration will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on past achievements, acknowledge outstanding contributions and celebrate the ongoing impact of the organisation.

We are commemorating the year through a variety of initiatives and events with the aim to:

  • raise our profile
  • promote our alumni
  • acknowledge the contribution we have made in developing leaders for rural, regional and remote Australia.

For any further enquiries about each of these events, please contact gemmag@rural-leaders.org.au.

If you would like to partner with us as part of our 25th Anniversary Celebrations, please contact us for a copy of our Sponsorship Prospectus.


Our Major 25th Celebration Partner is

Program Outline

Friday 20th October – National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton ACT


Graduation Ceremony and the 2017 John Allwright Memorial Address

Each year, we host the John Allwright Memorial Address.  The address is given by a significant Australian with well-known and respected leadership capacity and knowledge of rural Australia.

Given the additional significance of this years address, the 2017 John Allwright Memorial Address will be co-presented by one early and one later graduate.

The presenters will be:

Sarah Crooke – Course 1, Gondowring Victoria. Sarah with her family, operate Gundowring Fine Foods in the Kiewa Valley.

Matt Barwick – Course 21, Newcastle, NSW. Matt is currently the Coordinator for the National Carp Control Plan for the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

Location: Visions Theatre

Cost: Free. SOLD OUT.

The ceremony will be followed by a light lunch.

Dress Code: Business attire.


Regional Australia Leadership Assembly

Calling all rural, regional and remote leaders! Here is your chance to join a dynamic, passionate and driven group of representatives of all facets of rural life to examine the leadership needs of regional Australia.

This event is part of a series of events to be held across regional Australia in late 2017 and early 2018 with the support of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The event is also being supported by the CBH Group.

Location: Visions Theatre

Cost: Free. SOLD OUT!

The assembly will be followed by light refreshments.

Dress Code: Business attire.


ARLF 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala Dinner

The pinnacle of the day’s events, please join us for a Gala Dinner to reflect on past achievements, acknowledge outstanding contributions and celebrate the ongoing impact of the organisation.

Beginning at 6pm with a cocktail reception, the main dinner will begin at 7pm.

Keynote Speaker: The keynote speaker for the evening will be the military trailblazer, Major Matina Jewell (Retd) CSP.

  • At 23 years of age, Head of the Army Department aboard HMAS Kanimbla, then Australia’s largest Navy ship
  • First woman in the Army to complete the physically demanding Navy Diver course
  • Fast-roped from helicopters, boarded ships smuggling contraband & served with elite American Navy Seals in the Arabian Gulf
  • Helped track down a notorious militia leader in the Solomon Islands
  • Trained in three languages & holds a Masters in Project Management
  • Earned eight military medals
  • The only Australian to be awarded two Republic of Lebanon War Medals

The ARLF 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala Dinner is being held with the proud support of our dinner partners.

Platinum Dinner Partner: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Silver Dinner Partner: Westpac

Bronze Dinner Partner: Torres Strait Regional Authority.

Cocktail Event Platinum Partner: Prime Super

Cost: $175 per person. Please email ARLFgala@rural-leaders.org.au to register your interest for the waitlist.

Dress Code: Black tie.