Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program – South West Queensland

The Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program South West Queensland is open to people aged 18 years and over living in the Shires of Balonne, Quilpie, Paroo and surrounding regions to Charleville, Lightning Ridge, Surat and Durham.

The program provides a learning experience that will challenge and support you to develop the skill, knowledge, mindset and networks to lead your community into the future. You will become part of a forward-thinking network of people committed to embedding resilience thinking in their communities and to influencing change.

Applications will open on 31 January 2022.


Session 1 | 3 days in person

11 – 13 May 2022

Location TBC

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

Session 2 | 2 days online

31 May – 1 Jun 2022


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

Session 3 | 3 days in person

15 – 17 Jun 2022

Location TBC

Themes: Scenario planning, influence, network leadership


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

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 activities.

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.

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