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July update from the Chief Executive

20 July 2021

After almost 6 months of mostly unaffected leadership program delivery, recent COVID outbreaks and subsequent lockdowns have impacted many of our programs. Despite this and in the spirit of adaptive learning, we are embracing this uncertainty and responding to these challenges. Here’s a recap of our work over the last few months.

ARLF Leadership Programs:

The final session and graduation of ARLP Course 26 was held in Dubbo in late May. This was the rescheduled International Leadership now Networks and Affiliation session with a focus on cross-cultural leadership, influence and impact mostly in relation to the Enhancing Rural Community Wellbeing Initiative project.

Amongst this uncertainty we were given a window to complete Session 3 of ARLP Course 27 over 14 days in the Kimberley WA in June, with only the tail end of travel plans disrupted. This Discovery and Awareness Session had been postponed from July 2020 due to Covid travel restrictions. We look forward to celebrating the graduation of this cohort when they complete their fourth and final session – Influence and Impact – on 11 November.

The Milparanga 8.3 program was relocated from Sydney/Central Coast to Canberra from 20-24 June to allowed cohorts 8.1 and 8.2 to come together for five days of face-to-face learning and to graduate in an award ceremony on 24 June.

ARLP Course 28 Session 1, due to start in the Kimberley on July 4, was suspended to a date to be advised due to current travel restrictions and uncertainty. Individual introductory leadership presentations have been run on zoom over past week with positive feedback received by many.

Applications open! I ask everyone in our network to share that applications are currently open or soon to open for several of our leadership programs including ARLP Course 29, the Drought Resilience Leaders Program – Mentoring and place based regional programs, TRAIL for Emerging Leaders, Agribusiness and Milparanga 9. Scroll down to read more to share across your own networks.

ARLF Leadership Services:

On 17 June we officially launched the Drought Resilience Leaders Program with the Minister for Agriculture the Hon David Littleproud MP. A pilot for the Leaders Development Program (DRLDP) in the Goulburn Valley region was launched last Friday, and the Mentoring Program (DRLM) will launch this week. This marks the ARLF’s expansion to place-based leadership activity working alongside regional communities to deliver tailored leadership programs and services. Don’t delay getting on board! Read more here.

We are excited to announce new funding for Project Regeneration: a leadership approach to building resilience in bushfire-impacted communities in regional NSW. The ARLF will partner with two communities to accelerate their recovery and resilience by building social infrastructure. A two-session, eight-day leadership and resilience program for 48 participants in Nambucca and the Snowy Valleys will be designed and delivered in consultation with community stakeholders. It is exciting to note that in addition to funding from the NSW Government, it also includes funding from the Global Giving Foundation – our first international grant. These additional funds will support the Nambucca region directly.

We are also at the tail end of a custom leadership program for SARRAH (Services for Remote & Rural Allied Health) the national peak body for allied health professionals (AHPs). We have engaged ARLF Associates, Jen Wressell and Liz Brennan experienced in leadership program delivery to support this work.

I commend the work of all members of our growing ARLF team (now 26!) whose contribution towards the delivery of our programs and new service initiatives is recognised and valued at a time of significant organisational growth.

Finally, it’s also been a busy few weeks spreading the word about the work of the Foundation at many conferences, events and meetings throughout June and July including the National Drought Forum, the RDA Conference, the Science to Practice Forum and the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards, to name a few. I encourage you to support the upcoming AgriFutures Rural Woman’s Award and Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre Gala Dinner celebrating 20 years – both organisations with whom we have enjoyed a long and valued partnership with.

Until next month,

Matt