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North West Slopes and Plains locals wanted for Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program

15 October 2021
  • Live or work in NSW’s North West Slopes and Plains? 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 North West Slopes and Plains 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.

North West Slopes and Plains, which includes the towns of Goondiwindi, Tamworth, Gunnedah and Walgett, 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 North West Slope and Plains.

“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.”

Dr Anika Molesworth will lead the program in North West Slope and Plains and says the program offers a number of benefits that participants can take away from this unique experience.

“Leadership looks and means something different to every person. Learning leadership skills helps you to shape your story and the future of this region,” said Anika.

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)

“Some challenges risk leaving us feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. But we can build capacity to better confront them and overcome them. These sessions do not shy away from issues, but face them, courageously, so positive change can be made,” added Anika.

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 ADST. 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 a 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 Dr Anika Molesworth, please contact Sonia Morris (Seftons) at sonia.morris@seftons.com.au or on 0421 672 162.

Towns that fall in the North West Slope and Plains region include but are not limited to: Goondiwindi, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Walgett  Gunnedah, Warialda, Manilla, Boggabri, Mungindi, Narrabri, Moree, Coonamble, Quirindi and Wee Waa.

About Dr Anika Molesworth

Anika is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming, environmental conservation and climate change action. She helped form Farmers for Climate Action and connects land managers to researchers through her platform Climate Wise Agriculture to help build resilience into farming communities. Anika has been recognised as 2015 Young Farmer of the Year, 2017 NSW Finalist for Young Australian of the Year, and more recently the 2018 NSW Young Achiever Award for Environment and Sustainability. She credits her education (she studied a Bachelor of Agribusiness and a Master of Sustainable Agriculture at Charles Sturt University) for the skills and knowledge bank that she’s been able to draw from and take out into the world. She has a PhD in agricultural and environmental science, met royalty and global leaders and talks on stages like TEDx in front of thousands of people.