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ARLP C27 Session 3

13 July 2021

The vast and ancient landscape of Western Australia’s Kimberley region is a seemingly endless expanse of red ochre rocks, spinifex pastures and majestic gorges. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the world, yet enormously diverse and culturally rich.

It has the ability to make you feel both existentially insignificant and strangely exalted. In short, it is awe-inspiring. In this landscape, part of the Australian Rural Leadership Program has been conducted for close to 30 years.

In 2021, Cohort 27 walked in the footsteps of thousands of generations of the Indigenous Gooniyandi people and all previous ARLP participants when they visited the region for session three. Originally scheduled for June 2020, the session was postponed due to the challenges of COVID-19, which gave this cohort an experience unlike all others: they had the unusual experience of knowing their fellow participants before they boarded the plane to Kununurra.

Or at least, they thought they did.


Over the two weeks in the Kimberley, everything the participants thought they knew about themselves, each other, and leadership were challenged.

Like all previous ARLP participants, Cohort 27 are reluctant to detail exactly what happens in the Kimberley, to ensure the experience can be as impactful for future participants -some of whom may be reading this session summary.

What they will share is that the experience in this vast wilderness is an amazing opportunity for gaining greater self-awareness, undertaking self-reflection and seeking feedback on the impact of their individual leadership styles on others. Stepping outside their normal environments, and outside their comfort zones, the participants embraced the opportunity to lean in to the experience, learn about themselves and each other, and practice leadership across a range of different activities and experiences.

What’s next?
Out of session: Cohort 27 continue to develop the RRREAL Initiative.
Session Four: New Zealand, 28 October-12 November 2021.
Graduation: Location TBC, 11 November 2021.

Thanks to our sponsors: Agriculture Victoria (Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions), AgriFutures Australia, Auscott Limited, Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australian Government Department of Education, Australian Lot Feeders’ Association, Australian Meat Processor Corporation, Australian Wool Innovation, CBH Group, CBRE, Cotton Australia, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Dairy Australia, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Grains Research and Development Corporation, Meat and Livestock Australia, Minerals Council of Australia, National Indigenous Australians Agency, Ningana Trust, NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW Local Land Services, Prime Super, Telstra, The John B. Foundation, Thyne Reid Foundation, Torres Strait Regional Authority, WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.