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, Maranoa, Western Downs, Bulloo, Murweh, Goondiwindi and surrounding regions to Charleville and Lightning Ridge.

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 have closed.


Session 1

31 May – 3 June 2022


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

Session 2

20 – 21 Jun 2022


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

Session 3

19 – 21 July 2022


Themes: Scenario planning, influence, network leadership


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

Louise Adcock

Regional Lead

Louise brings a wealth of experience in community development programs in both agricultural and community settings. She is passionate about supporting the growth and connections of individuals and regional communities alike, to enhance productivity, environmental and community outcomes for a more resilient future.

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.

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.

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.

Associate Professor Ben Lyons

Director Rural Economies Centre of Excellence Institute of Resilient Regions | University of Southern Queensland

Having grown up on a station west of Augathella, Ben is a passionate supporter of rural and regional Queensland. His professional career includes two decades spend in Asia, specifically in the areas of agribusiness, textiles, research and education management.