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Regenerate Nambucca Valley kicks off in Bowraville

26 May 2022

For Heidi March, Regenerate Nambucca Valley was an opportunity to connect with the community and hear people’s stories and perspectives after the bushfire events of 2019. 

She was one of fourteen leaders from across the region participating in the first of three sessions of the Regenerate Nambucca Valley Regional Leadership Program in Bowraville last week.

‘My key takeaway from the first few days is that I am going to have the skills to work with others to make conscious change for myself, for others. I feel so blessed and grateful for this opportunity,’ she said.

Regenerate Nambucca Valley brings a diverse group of people from within one region together, immersing them in challenges facing their region and helping them to discover their own strategies to find solutions. 
At the core is exposing people to situations and ideas that will enable them to see a bigger picture, a different perspective and ultimately have the courage and approaches to put their ideas into action and take others with them.

The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s Chief Executive Matt Linnegar said the program was an experience that offered networking, leadership skills and personal growth.

‘This program is essentially an investment in people who are interested in creating opportunities for others and want to bring people together to create a better future for their community,’ he said.

‘It’s about widening and strengthening your local network and creating connections outside of the region that enable you to grow your impact and find solutions to issues in your community.’

Regenerate Nambucca Valley is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments under the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.  It is supported by GlobalGiving and Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative.

Program participants:

  • Melinda Walker
  • Janet Granek
  • Glenn Warny
  • Amanda Jones
  • Zeny Paraiso-Ward
  • Heidi March
  • Thea Kimber
  • Pippa Tabone
  • Olivia Parker
  • Phil Nicholas
  • Trish Walker
  • Melody Mackay
  • Beck Beverley
  • Karin Mateika

About the ARLF

As the pre-eminent provider of leadership programs for rural, regional and remote Australia, the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) had delivered 111 transformational leadership programs over three decades (88 in the last 10 years). With a proven track record in delivering leadership programs, our success is reflected in the contributions our 2000+ alumni have made and continue to make across rural, regional and remote Australia.