Meet the 29th Australian Rural Leadership Program 

28 diverse rural leaders have been selected as the 29th cohort of the prestigious Australian Rural Leadership Program to commence in June 2022. 

The line-up includes a Social Entrepreneur from Deeragun (QLD), an Executive Director from the Food and Fibre sector from Scarborough (WA), an Aboriginal Medical Services Chief Operations Officer from Jingili (NT), a mixed crop and livestock farmer from Sale (VIC), a Beef Cattle Grazier from Mingoola (QLD), and a Manager of Cattle Stations from Gin Gin (NSW) to name a few. 

The ARLP is Australia’s longest and most in-depth experiential leadership development program giving participants a valuable opportunity to grow their leadership and create a network of change-makers to positively influence their organisations, industries, and communities across rural, regional and remote Australia.  

Participants engage in a range of experiential learning opportunities in varying contexts during their four sessions over 15-months.   

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, 28 scholarships each valued at $50,000, have been awarded in a highly competitive selection process which began in late 2021. 

ARLF Chief Executive and alumnus of Course 7 Matt Linnegar congratulated the participants on their selection. 

“For almost 30 years, the ARLF has remained committed to ensuring the delivery of high-quality programs that support improved leadership. An adaptive, network leadership approach is more important than ever as rural, regional, and remote Australia faces unprecedented change. 

“We are looking forward to the group coming together in June in the first of a series of experiences that will help shape their understanding of themselves and to work with others in influencing change across the country”. 

A subsequent announcement will be made to announce a second round of successful applicants who will also join this cohort.  Expressions of interest for Australian Rural Leadership Program Course 30 can be submitted here.

Australian Rural Leaders Program Cohort 29

Renee Bartolo Jingili, NT Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
Carly Baker-Burnham Monto, QLD Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
Melanie Bish Golden Square, VIC Telstra  
Jack Brennan Gin Gin, NSW Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australian Food & Fibre & Cotton Australia, Paraway Pastoral Company 
Timothy Brennan Crows Nest, QLD Australian Lot Feeders’ Association 
Melissa Brooke Bundaberg, QLD National Indigenous Australians Agency 
Ryan Brown Coverty, QLD Australian Lot Feeders’ Association 
Robyn Bryant Mingoola, QLD Meat and Livestock Australia 
Zelmari Coetzee Mildura, VIC Agriculture Victoria Research 
Sophie Dwyer Scarborough, WA AgriFutures Australia 
Jay Dryden Pt Noarlunga, SA Australian Government Department of Health  
Steve Fawns Deniliquin, NSW AgriFutures Australia 
Rob Fish Lennox Head, NSW Fisheries Research and Development Corporation 
Jason Herbert Dubbo, NSW Australian Meat Processor Corporation 
Luke Hooke Castlemaine, VIC John B. Foundation (Innovation in Agriculture Scholarship) 
Bernice Hookey Charters Towers, QLD National Indigenous Australian Agency  
Aaron Kiely Emerald, QLD Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australian Food & Fibre, Cotton Australia 
Erin Lew Fatt Jingili, NT Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 
Renee Lynch Narembeen, WA CBH Group 
Latarnie McDonald Taradale, VIC National Indigenous Australians Agency 
Courtney Mraz Sale, VIC Grains Research and Development Corporation 
Liz Morse-McNabb Spring Gully, VIC Agriculture Victoria Research 
Clare Purcell Wattle Flat, VIC Agriculture Victoria 
Chris Ronan Cooma, NSW Prime Super 
Tracy Sullivan Cable Beach, WA Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
Angus Street Avalon Beach, NSW Auctions Plus 
Jane Wardle Perth, WA CBH Group 
Eugene Wong Avoca, QLD Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 

Media contact: Karen Freer,, 0403 447 344

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