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Murraylands locals wanted for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

15 October 2021
  • Live or work in the Murraylands 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  Murraylands 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 Murraylands region, which includes the towns of Renmark, Keith, Pinnaroo and Mt Barker, 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 Murraylands.

“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.”

Tanya Lehmann will lead the program in Murraylands and says the program offers a number of benefits that participants can take away from this unique experience.

“People who are involved in this program can expect to gain access to a network of other leaders across the region and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s network of over 2000 leaders, across multiple industries, that impact on rural communities,” said Tanya.

“People who participate will have access to some really fantastic learning experiences, they’ll be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $4,000, which they could buddy up with a few others and combine those resources for some targeted initiatives in the local community. It’s a pretty simple application process too but at the end of the day if you’re really passionate about your community and want to make a difference, here’s an opportunity to jump on board with an initiative in your backyard.”

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

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/  

Interested in learning more about drought resilience?

The ARLF is hosting an 8-part lunch and learn webinar series which will explore what it takes to make Australian rural communities drought and climate change resilient and ready to take on the future. The first two sessions will be held on 26 October and 18 November 2021 at 12.00 pm AEDT. The series continues from 3 February 2022 and then on the second Thursday of each month. Participate in panel discussions with producers and industry professionals and learn from real-life case studies from across the country. Free of charge, the webinar series is open to all. Register your interest here.

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 Tanya Lehmann, please contact Sonia Morris (Seftons) at sonia.morris@seftons.com.au or on 0421 672 162.

Towns in the Murraylands region include but are not limited to: Renmark, Keith, Pinnaroo, Mt Barker, Loxton, Murray Bridge and Peake.

About Tanya Lehmann

Tanya has over 23 years of experience leading large scale organisational and systems change within the rural health and aged care sectors in South Australia and nationally. A clinician by background, experienced project manager, executive director, board chair, executive coach and leadership program facilitator, Tanya draws on a wealth of experience in navigating complex systems, developing leaders to build workplace cultures and governance systems that sustain positive performance.

Since January 2021, Tanya has been running her own Consultancy business and collaborating with Board Accord, CulturAlchemy, LeadersHP and Pique Global. Tanya specialises in organisational culture change, leadership development and the strategic alignment between Boards, Executive Teams, Organisational Strategy and Performance metrics. In May 2021, she was appointed by the Minister for Health to the South Australian Health Performance Council for four years. A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, Tanya has over 10 years’ experience as a Board Director and Chair, including with the National Rural Health Alliance and Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health. Tanya completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program (Course 21) in 2015.