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Gemma Rostron


Gemma Rostron

Through my work in community engagement and connection within the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, I help regional, rural and remote areas in Australia support rural leaders in preparing for the drought.
Seeing communities thrive and prosper while fostering the development of both the person and the community is a fulfilling job for me.

Where does your passion for rural, regional and remote Australia come from?

I was born and raised in rural NSW in a town called Lake Cargelligo, central west of New South Wales. Because I have strong roots in rural areas, I have a tremendous desire for seeing rural areas work together to provide better chances for today’s young. For my own personal development and professional success, I had to leave my village to pursue educational opportunities.

What’s your favourite memory or most memorable moment in rural, regional and remote Australia?

My uncle and my cousins and I going to the farm to mark lambs is my all-time favorite rural Australian memory. Our vast extended family would all chip in to assist my uncle on his farm when he needed extra assistance. The finest parts were the camaraderie and laughing! Even now, we still talk about amusing events that happened, and we cherish those memories as though they happened only yesterday, not 25 years ago. Looking back, it is clear that the drought had a huge impact on the farm. Since my uncle sold the farm more than ten years ago, I will cherish these memories.
I detest to admit it, but I am rather fixated with country music.
I’m very grateful to have toured popular musical regions of the USA such as New Orleans and Memphis. If I’m not listening the country music hits, you’ll find me at the beach watching the sunrise and sunsets.

What’s your professional background?

I have experience managing events for Rydges and working with many non-profit organizations to engage the community. My true love, though, is photography. I started using a camera when my two daughters were born, and I have been in the field for more than ten years. In March 2022, as part of my contract with the ARLF, I collaborated with the communications team on community outreach and recruitment efforts for the Regenerate Regional Leadership program.

Three things you love about working at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation?

Meeting new individuals and learning about their experiences, the fantastic staff, but mostly, observing the transformative change in cohorts, and keeping up with their accomplishments are all things I enjoy about working at the ARLF.

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