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Goulburn Valley locals selected to participate in drought resilience leadership program

7 September 2021

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From Swan Hill to Mansfield, Wangaratta to Bendigo, the 17 women and nine men participating in the Goulburn Valley Development Program came together online this morning to focus on leadership, networks, resilience, the Goulburn Valley climate story and wellbeing.

Congratulating the Goulburn Valley locals who have put their hand up to take part in this unique opportunity, ARLF Chief Executive Matt Linnegar said, “The Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program is bringing together a group of dedicated locals who are passionate about building resilience in their region. Our Goulburn Valley cohort are diverse and come from a range of industries, as well as volunteer groups. Many also have farming connections alongside their roles within the community.”

Goulburn Valley is one of 12 regions around Australia selected to participate in the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program and the first to select participants and commence the Program.

The Program will be delivered over eight days and focus on topics including adaptive leadership, personal and community resilience, climate science, problem-solving, mental and physical wellbeing, scenario planning, influence and network leadership

Program participant Ali Piper, who runs a mixed sheep and cropping enterprise, said the program offers many personal and professional benefits.

“While people from the Goulburn Valley tend to be a resilient bunch, I am excited to have the opportunity to develop and understand better ways to help my community manage the uncertainty of drought,” said Ms Piper. “Much more than a learning experience, this program will develop my skills and expand my networks so that I can play an active role in positively influencing my community and the rural industries we rely on.”

After completing the development program, participants have the opportunity to give back to their communities with a grant program designed to help share the knowledge they have gained.

“One of the benefits of undertaking this program is participants can support resilience action in the Goulburn Valley region through Community Extension Grants. Participants will have the opportunity to apply for a $4,000 grant and can elect to work on an initiative individually or collectively.  For example, five recipients working together would result in a funding pool of $20,000,” Mr Linnegar added.

Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program | Applications Now Open

Be part of a network of mentors and mentees. Share knowledge, learn from experts and build capability in areas like climate science, resilience, wellbeing and agricultural practice. There is no cost to participants. Find out more or apply here.

About the 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. As one of its foundation programs, the Future Drought Fund has invested $11 million in the Drought Resilience Leaders Program. Led by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) in collaboration with a consortium of partners, the 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 out more visit the Drought Resilience Leaders Program page.

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.

Further resources:

Joint media release from Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, the Hon David Littleproud MP and Member for Nicholls, the Hon Damien Drum MP.