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Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program | Applications Now Open

22 July 2021

MEDIA RELEASE: A joint statement from the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and the National Farmers Federation

  • Are you a farmer or rural professional interested in connecting with others to share your experience and knowledge to support the resilience and growth of individuals, farming operations, the agriculture sector and communities?
  • Be part of a national network of mentees and mentors committed to enhancing drought and climate resilience in farming enterprises and communities for the future
  • Applications now open for Drought Resilience Mentoring (DRM) Program. Applications close 31 August 2021. Limited numbers. Apply today

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) has been appointed by the Australian Government, along with key partners, to deliver the Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Leaders Program – an initiative designed to strengthen the future of regional communities through capacity building and collaboration.

The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Leaders Program is seeking farmers from across Australia to participate in the Drought Resilience Mentoring Program.

Commenting on applications opening, ARLF Chief Executive Matt Linnegar said, “The Drought Resilience Mentoring program provides participants with the opportunity to learn from one another and those with experience and expertise in the areas of climate science, resilience, wellbeing and agricultural practice. It’s an opportunity to connect experience and innovation with ideas and opportunities.”

The Drought Resilience Mentoring Program will commence with inductions in October 2021 and November 2021, with mentoring sessions held between January 2022 and June 2022.

The Program will also feature eight webinars, which are open to everyone, and cover topics relevant to strengthening drought and climate resilience, agriculture and regional Australia. The first four webinars are scheduled to roll out between August 2021 and November 2021, with the remaining four webinars to be held in the first half of 2022.

“With the mentoring program conducted primarily online and inclusive of all agricultural industries, this is a truly national initiative. So, wherever you are in Australia, take the opportunity to sign up as a mentee or a mentor and invest in yourself, your business and your region.”

Commending the program, National Farmers Federation (NFF) Chief Executive Officer Tony Mahar said, “As agriculture ploughs towards its goal of becoming a $100 billion industry by 2030, it is imperative we are being proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to building drought resilience among the future leaders of regional, rural and remote communities. The delivery of this mentoring program is significant to that, giving leaders the tools to withstand hardship, but also, the connection and network to collaborate as an industry, coming together to tackle challenges such as drought and climate.”

Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program | Applications Now Open

Be part of a national network of mentors and mentees, sharing knowledge and learning from others to support and strengthen the agriculture sector and regional Australia. Apply here.

Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program | Applications Now Open

In addition to the Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program, the Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Leaders Program also offers a Leaders Development Program and Community Extension Grants. Applications are now open for the program in the Goulburn Valley region. Find our more here.

About Drought Resilience Leaders Program
The Australian Government established the Future Drought Fund to provide a sustainable source of funding to help Australian farmers and communities prepare for and respond to the impacts of drought. The Future Drought Fund is investing $11.45 million in the Drought Resilience Leaders Program, of which $7.45 million is being used to roll out the foundational program, led by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) in collaboration with a consortium of partners. This program gives farmers and regional communities the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, mindset and networks to lead their communities into the future in 12 focus regions across Australia. In parallel, ARLF is running a national mentoring program to foster knowledge sharing and build future drought resilience.

To find our more visit: https://rural-leaders.org.au/our-programs/drought-resilience-leaders/

Media Contact: For any interview requests with Matt Linnegar or queries related to the program, please contact Sonia Morris (Seftons) at sonia.morris@seftons.com.au or on 0421 672 162