Regenerate Capital Region

Building community resilience through leadership in the Capital Region. Regenerate Capital Region is a free 8-day residential leadership development program for people from the Capital Region. 


Rural landholders or managers, emergency first responders and local government employees who want to build resilience in their communities and improve future bushfire responses. Must live in or around Canberra, Yass, Michelago, Burra, Bredbo, Queanbeyan, Bumbalong, Tharwa and Royalla


8-days (7 nights) in 2 sessions over 8 months


Thanks to our program partners and government funding, this program is free. You should note that you will be required to cover travel and personal expenses for the course of the program.

Delivery mode & venue

Delivered face-to-face in a residential program setting within the local region. Includes twin-share accommodation, meals and activities.


Cohort 1 sessions: 19-24 March & 25-27 August 2023
Cohort 2 sessions: 16-21 April 2023 & 15-17 September 2023
Cohort 1 & 2 graduation: 16 November 2023


Applications have now closed.

Prepare your community for disaster response through improved collaboration.

Regenerate Capital Region is a leadership development program in response to the 2019-20 bushfire season. Its objective is to build a network of trusted contacts across geographical boundaries and agencies to better respond to future fire emergencies. It aligns with the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience’s focus on achieving community resilience through collective and shared responsibility and empowering individuals and communities to create change.

What you’ll take away from Regenerate Capital Region

Understand your own behaviours and explore healthy self-management techniques.

You’ll gain an understanding of personal leadership styles, strengths, and challenges.

Build stronger networks and collaborate with others.

Through collaboration and networking, you’ll build effective communication skills, networks and strong ongoing relationships with fellow participants.

Learn about resilience thinking and flexible leadership.

You’ll explore ways to lead teams, communities, and organisations and, within this, develop a wide range of leadership tools and strategies.

Explore different ways of managing natural disasters.

Prepare your community for disaster response through improved collaboration.


Frequently asked questions

Have a question that we haven’t answered below? Get in touch with our friendly team. We’re happy to help.

You must attend all sessions in order to graduate from the program. Our programs are designed to build your awareness and experience through each session. Experiential learning is one of the most engaging and deep methods of learning. Wrapping up your learnings through reflection is crucial for a positive learning experience. If you don’t intend to commit fully, this program may not be right for you. We’ll do our best to make sure you don’t miss out if unforeseen circumstances stop you from attending, though. Please reach out if you’d like to discuss concerns with our program team.

For more information, view our Participant Attendance Policy.

Aside from some travel and personal expenses to, from and during sessions, the program is free to attend, thanks to our program partners.

The project has received grant funding from the Australian Government.

Our programs are based on experiential learning and are designed to create more time for networking and social connections through evening activities. Being away from home and the habitual place of work takes away the distractions of everyday life. This allows you to fully immerse yourself in the learning experience.

Regional leadership programs don’t just benefit individual participants. They also benefit the cohort and the entire community.

At an individual level, you invest in yourself to develop the skills, mindset and networks to understand and influence uncertainty and create vibrant communities for generations to come. You grow your networks within and outside of your community by joining the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s national network. 

The community will gain a group of courageous and influential people. These people will have the skills to gather support from within the community and their new network to put the plan into action.

Improving leadership at all levels is needed to drive improvements in disaster response. Are you someone who:

  • Owns or leases rural land around Canberra, Yass, Michelago, Burra, Bredbo, Queanbeyan, Bumbalong, Tharwa or Royalla? 
  • Undertakes activities to manage rural land, parks or state forests?
  • Is a current or emerging leaders in local government policy and governance in environment, planning or emergency response department?
  • Leads an interest group with a stake in the region?
  • Is a leader in emergency first response? 

If you answered YES to even one of these questions, and are committed to building a strong network to manage future bushfires and natural disasters, consider applying.

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