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14 August 2019

ARLF Fellows Keelen Mailman and Troy Setter were centre stage at a recent cocktail function at the Brisbane office of KPMG, sharing their experience of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Both had travelled a lengthy distance to speak at the event and their willingness to do so and talk about the impact the program has had on them was much appreciated.  

Keelen, the first Aboriginal woman to run a commercial cattle station when she took over Mt Tabor, two hours from Augathella in western Queensland, completed the ARLP (Course 16) in 2009. Troy, CEO of Consolidated Pastoral Company, and one of the nation’s top agribusiness leaders, is a graduate of Course 13.

Friends and supporters of the ARLF attended the function along with members of our Board who were meeting in Brisbane the following day. It was the first of a series of similar events we are hoping to do to introduce people who have an interest in regional Australia, but may not be aware of our work, to the ARLF.

Plans are underway to run an event in Perth later this year and in Melbourne and Sydney in 2020.

Many thanks to Robert Poole, KPMG’s National Lead Partner Agribusiness and KPMG’s Queensland Chairman Michael Hiller for generously hosting the event.

A sincere thank you to ARLF Fellows; Brianna Casey, Jason Strong and Keelen Mailman for joining us and ensuring this alumni event was truly special.