Annual Gala Dinner 2019

The ARLF Gala Dinner is the premier annual event on the ARLF calendar. The event is a culmination of a week-long focus on regional, rural and remote Australia in Canberra and the theme of the 2019 Gala Dinner is ‘People are the Difference’. This celebration provides the ARLF with an opportunity to acknowledge outstanding contributions, celebrate the ongoing commitment of regional leaders, reflect on achievements, and share stories.

MC Pip Courtney, ABC Landline will welcome Keynote Speaker Deng Adut as he discusses challenging perceptions and shares his experiences of how remarkable leadership can emerge from great adversity.

In 1985 when the Sudanese government began destroying villages leading to the rise of the People’s Liberation Army. Two years later six-year-old Deng was taken from his family and conscripted into the army, getting shot in the back when he was still a boy. A chance meeting with his brother led to Deng being smuggled out of the country. The brothers came to Australia, and then Deng worked at a service station as well as enrolling in TAFE. In 2005, he started a law degree at UWS. He now works as a lawyer in Blacktown helping to support other Sudanese refugees. In 2017, Deng was awarded the NSW Australian of the Year. Deng joins us via

A vital facet of leadership is to be open to a diversity of views, perspectives and experiences.  In this vain, the ARLF takes this opportunity to engage in a wider conversation around regional opportunities, challenges and ideas.

The inaugural Alumni Scholarship recipient Yola Bakker looks forward to sharing her experience and thanking fellow alumni for their support.

The ARLF Gala Dinner brings together guests from across rural and regional industries and communities including; program participants and their guests, alumni, board members, corporate sponsors, government representatives and philanthropic supporters. 

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