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Mallee locals wanted for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

15 October 2021
  • Live or work in the Mallee region? Interested in participating in a unique leadership program?
  • Applications now open for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program. Applications close 21 November 2021.
  • Open to anyone 18 years and over. All industry sectors welcome. No charge to participate.
  • Be part of national network of rural leaders, helping their communities to adapt and prepare for the future impacts of drought. Apply today.

The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Leaders Program is inviting Mallee residents to become part of a national network of people equipped to meet future challenges and contribute to the growing resilience of our communities, by participating in the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program.

The Mallee region, which includes Mildura, Horsham, Charlton and Murrayville, is one of 12 regions across Australia selected to take part in this fully-funded program. The program will run over 8 days in March and April 2022, and anyone 18 or over is encouraged to apply.

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 Program is already underway in the Goulburn Valley region, with participants from Central West Queensland about to commence their first leadership development session. The program will be tailored to address the current and future challenges of Mallee.

“The effects of drought can last for years and Australians who live and work in drought-impacted communities are the best people to help contribute to how we can strengthen our communities, so that we can be even more prepared for the next drought,” said ARLF Chief Executive Matt Linnegar.

“Experiencing drought and how resilience is established in our regions differs for many of us, however, the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program will help to create leadership networks committed to further strengthening these agriculture-dependent communities.”

Paul Ryan will lead the program in Mallee and says the program offers a number of benefits that participants can take away from this unique experience: “With changes in rainfall patterns and more extreme heat days, people living in the Mallee are having to adapt their thinking and practice to live in a hotter, drier climate. They are considering what this means for local production, their community and for themselves. This leaders development program will encourage participants to think about their own resilience, as well as that of their business and community, help them to define what that looks like and the ways in which they can become a resilient leader for their region in the face of a rapidly changing climate.”

The Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program will be delivered over three sessions:

SessionFocusCommitment
Session OneSelf-awareness, adaptive leadership, change theory, personal and community resilience3 days (in person)
Session TwoClimate science, problem solving, creativity, problem solving2 days (online)
Session ThreeScenario planning, influence, network leadership3 days (in person)

Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program participants also have the opportunity to apply for a Community Extension Grant on completion of the sessions.

Applications for the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program close on 21 November 2021. To apply to participate, visit https://rural-leaders.org.au/programs/drought-resilience-leaders-program/  

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. 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 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: https://rural-leaders.org.au/our-programs/drought-resilience-leaders/

Media Contact:

For any interview requests with Matt Linnegar or Paul Ryan, please contact Sonia Morris (Seftons) at sonia.morris@seftons.com.au or on 0421 672 162.

Towns that fall in the Mallee region include but are not limited to: Mildura, Horsham, Charlton, Murrayville, Ouyen, Robinvale, Warracknabeal, Hopetoun and Nhill.

About Paul Ryan

Paul is passionate about the future of rural people and places. As Director of the Australian Resilience Centre and a global leader in resilience, adaptation and transformation practice, he works with people to catalyse new thinking and bring about positive social and environmental change.

Over the past 15 years, Paul has worked with communities and organisations across Australia and internationally, in areas as diverse as community resilience, climate adaptation planning and practice, disaster preparedness and recovery, sustainable agriculture, infrastructure, water and irrigation futures, poverty and humanitarian relief, biodiversity, illegal wildlife trade, domestic violence, gender and youth issues. 

Prior to founding the Australian Resilience Centre, Paul worked for the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Resilience Alliance, CSIRO, state government agencies and catchment management organisations. Paul grew up on the family farm in northern Victoria where his family have been farming for more than 160 years.