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Leaders meet in Far North Queensland

12 February 2018

This week, over 30 diverse leaders from rural, regional and remote parts of Australia will converge in Far North Queensland to develop their capabilities as part of the 15-month Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP).

Participants of Course 24 will meet with community organisations, individuals and representatives to gain in-depth insight into the economic, environmental and broader social context of the region, as well as to share leadership challenges and experiences.

Hailing from all corners of Australia, the participants represent a wide range of industries, workplaces and communities, covering everything from agriculture to Indigenous affairs, health and government policy, and so much more.

Johani Mamid, who is a Director of the Yawuru Native Title Holders Aboriginal Corporation and also a Coordinator of the Yawuru Indigenous Protected Areas Ranger Group will be traveling from Broome WA for this session.

“The program so far, has been very different from any other learning experience. I’ve taken away so much from each session and I can’t wait to see what the Cairns session has to offer. The ARLP is a course I’d recommend to anyone interested in developing their leadership capabilities,” said Johani.

Networking, media skills, public speaking, mentoring and team work are some of the key skills covered in the national program. The program aims to develop the skills and confidence of participants so that they may continue to grow and contribute to their respective communities.

Freda Nicholls from Jones Creek in NSW said, “We get to experience situations, sometimes challenging situations, then reflect together as a group and individually, and develop responses to hopefully help our own and other communities. It is a truly remarkable course.”

Course participant Lynda O’Brien who is a Queensland cattle producer and President of the Charters Towers Isolated Children’s Parents Association said, “I’m looking forward to connecting with leaders in the Cairns community and collaborating with our cohort to achieve better outcomes for rural, regional and remote Australia.”

Nathan Adams, an Abalone diver from Margaret River Western Australia, said “the Australian Rural Leadership Program has instilled in me the importance having a clear understanding of the roles for each individual to get the best out of any team or community.”

Luke Gaynor from rural NSW believes one strength of the course is the collective diversity of the 33 participants who come from all over Australia.

“I’ve learnt just as much from our cohort as from the structured sessions and formed bonds and friendships with complete strangers,” said Luke.

Highlights of the week in Cairns include:

  • Panel discussion with local leaders including Sheriden Morris, CEO of the Reef and Rainforest CRC and Chair of the CRC for Northern Australia
  • Presentations and insight from leaders within the Local Arts Community of Cairns at the Tanks Art Centre
  • A Tour of the Mt Uncle Distillery and forum on “Leading for Environmental Sustainability” with guests such as Ms Heidi Taylor, General Manager of the Tangaroa Blue Foundation
  • A Torres Strait Island Culture and Leadership Day
  • Field trip to Yarrabah and presentations from community representatives including The King, King Jaban Vincent Schrieber, Mayor of Yarrabah.

This Far North Queensland session has been organised by past program graduates who live and work throughout the Cairns region including Murray Korff, Scott Davis, Helen Jenkins, Andrew Lui, Catrina Felton-Busch, Suzanne Andrews and many others. The session runs from 10-16 February 2018.

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is a non-for-profit organisation developing programs for current and future leaders of rural, regional and remote Australia.