Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program – Central West Queensland

Applications for the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program DRLDP in the Central West Queensland area are now open. This program is open to anyone aged 18 years and older. People from all backgrounds and sectors are welcome.

The Central West Queensland area

The area follows the heart of Queensland, sweeping from the Queensland and Northern Territory border, up towards McKinlay, over to Amaroo and down around Augathella.

While applications have now closed, we have a few places left as of 12 October 2021. Email us to find out how to join.

Program dates and locations

Session 1 | 3-day residential

1 – 3 Nov 2021 (Mon – Wed)


Themes: Self-awareness, adaptive leadership, change theory, personal and community resilience

Session 2 | 2-day online

11 – 12 Nov 2021 (Thu – Fri)


Themes: Climate science, problem-solving, creativity, mental and physical wellbeing

Session 3 | 3-day residential

23 – 25 Nov 2021 (Tue – Thu)


Themes: Scenario planning, influence, network leadership

Regional lead – promoting the program on the ground

Every DRLDP program has a regional lead. A person with an in-depth understanding of the region and its people.

Anna Cochrane is the Central West Queensland regional lead.

With her husband, she manages a cattle property near Isisford. Her prior roles include a variety of CEO and executive positions in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

She is chair of an economic development organisation in Longreach and holds various community group positions in and around Isisford.

Anna is promoting the program locally and can be contacted for questions about the program via email.

Meet the facilitators

A team of people committed to leadership development, climate adaptation and wellbeing in regional rural and remote Australia.

Philippa Woodhill

Director Partnerships, ARLF

Philippa excels at connecting individuals and organisations with productive natural synergies and has prior experience working as an Australian Volunteer in the Pacific. She is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and specialises in supporting people from diverse sectors to contribute to social change.

Nina O’Brien

Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead | Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal

Nina is passionate about advocating for people in regional Australia and making their communities a great place to live. She leads the FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Climate Solutions program portfolio. The program partners with communities before, during and after disasters to invest in solutions increasing climate resilience. Nina will help participants identify potential projects for the Community Extension Grants.

Paul Ryan

Director | Australian Resilience Centre

Paul is passionate about the future of rural people and places. He is a global leader in resilience, adaptation and transformative practice and helps people catalyse new thinking to bring about positive social and environmental change. Over the past 15 years, Paul has worked with communities around the globe on climate adaptation, disaster preparedness and recovery and more.

Dr Anika Molesworth

Scientist and farming sustainability advocate | anikamolesworth.com

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.

Tom Henderson

Director Polykala

Polykala will explore the ideas of
adaptive leadership experientially.
They will encourage participants
to explore leadership through their
own professional and personal
experience. Participants will be
on their feet learning in real-time
through creative and reflective

Selena Gomerall

Chief Advocacy Officer and Founder Outback Futures

Selena is deeply committed to rural
communities empowered to better
understand, value and advocate
for their own mental health and
wellbeing needs. Outback Futures
is a not-for-profit organisation
dedicated to long term, whole
of community change in mental
health and wellbeing outcomes for
remote Australia.

Please read the selection criteria below prior to applying. If you need help completing your applications, please call the ARLF during business hours on 02 0681 0680.

Program selection criteria – what succesful applicants look like

  1. Committed to initiating and leading significant change in their sector, community and/or region
  2. Open to new ideas and demonstrate a willingness to learn, grow, adapt and change
  3. Willing to complete an intensive leadership development program with a focus on experiential learning
  4. Able to demonstrate previous experience, and/or future capability in leadership
  5. Ready to work collaboratively in their region on initiatives and plans for the future benefit of the region

Commitment from applicants – what we expect from you

  • Attendance at all three sessions on the dates outlined for your region
  • Be a part of an ongoing network of participants who are invested in sharing their knowledge for the benefit of the region and it’s ongoing resilience

Application questions

These are the questions that are in the application form, to allow you to start thinking about your answers:

Leadership responsibilities 

  • Briefly describe your leadership responsibilities in your work or community experience that you have undertaken. What valuable learning did you gain from your experience(s)? 

Major achievements 

  • Briefly describe any major achievements associated with your industry or community experience (paid or unpaid). This can include awards or scholarships. 

Community positions 

  • Please list any community positions you have held in the past and/or currently hold. List the position, organisation name, length of term in years, and a short description of responsibilities. Please list up to 10 positions. 

 Leadership programs and qualifications 

  • Have you completed any other leadership programs/qualifications? 

 Motivation and background