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ARLF to lead consortia to deliver Drought program

12 January 2021

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) in conjunction with consortia partners the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) has welcomed the announcement today from Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud of the selection of the ARLF to lead the Drought Resilience Leaders program.

The Drought Resilience Leaders program is funded through the $5 billion Future Drought Fund and will be a vital part of building resilience in agriculture-dependent communities facing future droughts.

“Together with our consortia partners, we are pleased to have been selected from a competitive field to lead this important initiative,” said ARLF Chief Executive, Matt Linnegar.

“Leadership is an essential ingredient where significant change and adaptation is required across families, communities and industries, and this is certainly the case when talking about drought”.

“This program means more opportunities for local people to take the lead in finding meaningful and tailored solutions for their community’s increased climate resilience”, said FRRR Chief Executive, Natalie Egleton. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the ARLF and RECoE to provide these local leaders with access to such invaluable training and to support them in bringing their drought resilience projects to life.”

“The University-partnership that is the RECoE has been in operation for a relatively short period but boasts some of Australia’s leading regional research specialists. We look forward to working with ARLF and FRRR, alongside many other contributors as we tackle the complexities of drought for communities and leaders Australia-wide,” said Associate Professor Ben Lyons, RECoE Director.

The ARLF-led consortia looks forward to working with the Department and the Minister in delivering this important initiative across agriculture-dependent communities.


For more information please contact:

Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive – 0428 264 823
Karen Freer, Manager, Communications – 0403 447 344