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A leadership approach to building community resilience in the Nambucca Valley

Creating opportunities for a diverse group of people to get together and find solutions, rather than deferring to an authority for them, is the key to transforming communities into vibrant and sustainable places that we call home for generations to come. 

Vibrant communities start with you

In this 8-day program you will learn how to use leadership skills to gather support from your networks and wider community to put it into action.

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Leadership development is for everyone

Do you contribute as a volunteer, small business owner or are on a committee? Participants in regional leadership programs are everything but the same. They are as diverse as the region and people calling them home.

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We don’t teach, we facilitate and engage

Learning with us is not assessment or competency based. You’ll learn through challenges and enquiry. It is an experience, not a classroom. 

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Put your skills into action

Continue to practice leadership to build long-term resilience and connections in your community.

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Program overview

This program will expose you to a culture of self-sufficiency and helping behaviour. You will learn how to identify your community’s capacity to cope with disasters and how to find out where it might need help. You will understand how leadership plays a critical role in this process – and how you can practise leadership to achieve outcomes for your region.

A total of 8 days of your time is required to complete the program and you must attend all sessions to graduate. The program is delivered in three face-to-face residential* sessions and includes twin share accommodation and all meals.

  • 17 – 19 May, Bowraville (2 nights, 3 days)
  • 12 – 13 July, Tewinga (1 night, 2 days)
  • 23 – 25 August, Yarrahapinni (2 nights, 3 days)

*Residential programs are designed to create more time for networking and building social connections through evening activities. Also, being away from home and the habitual place of work, takes away distractions of everyday life. Thus, you can fully immerse yourself into the learning experience.

About regional leadership

Regional leadership programs benefit not just individual participants. They also benefit the cohort and the entire community. 

At an individual level, you invest in yourself to develop the skills, a 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. That is more than 1,700 people working for the greater good of their communities. 

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

Across the three sessions, you’ll explore a variety of topics including:

Session 1:

  • Explore what connection to Country means to different people.
  • Learn what resilience thinking means.
  • Understand your behaviours.

Session 2:

  • Learn how to collaborate when you see things differently to others.
  • Explore how to recover and rebuild from a catastrophic event.
  • Get an introduction to flexible leadership.

Session 3:

  • Explore how you would manage catastrophic events differently if they happen again.
  • Learn how to shape the future by telling stories with the impact to move people.
  • Learn how to build and maintain a strong network.

Deciding to dedicate the time to attend a program can be hard. Read our top five reasons to attend a regional leadership program.

About you as a participant

Participants in our regional leadership programs are everything but the same. They are as diverse as the regions and people calling them home. Our cohorts, as we call them, are diverse in terms of gender, age, cultural and linguistic background, education and employment status.

We believe that we achieve better outcomes by being inclusive!

Despite being different, however, participants have certain things in common. They are:

  • Living in and contributing to the region. Whether it is through volunteering, being a member of a culture faith or sporting group, running a local business, being on a school parent committee or sitting on a management committee.
  • Curious learners keen to understand how leadership is required when connecting with others and building networks.
  • Future-focused and committed to the region.
  • Interested in supporting their region socially and economically and exploring how to have a positive impact.
  • Able to see what holds their community back and what can propel it forward.
  • Collaborators who welcome the change to work across political, cultural, social and economic differences and bring all perspectives to the surface.
  • Open to experiential learning, being prepared to experiment, be challenged and take risks.
  • Open to learning about self and others.
  • Willing to work with others to get things done.
  • Sharing our belief in inclusion and diversity.

About experiential learning – why learning with us is different

Our regional leadership programs are designed to build social capital and local leadership networks. It is about the ability of the group to work together for a common purpose.  

The learning is not assessment or competency based. Instead, participants learn through challenges and enquiry. This is called experiential learning. It is a powerful and effective methodology that supports participants to learn and reflect as they do something, rather than being provided with facts and theories from an expert telling them how to do it and that a particular way of acting is always going to work, regardless of the situation.  

Our programs are designed and delivered with and by people in our diverse national network. This includes associates, alumni and trusted partners. 

Most importantly, we work with, visit and talk to the community itself to give the program a local context. 

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Program partners

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

This project is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Government under the Bushfire Economic Recovery Fund.  It is supported by GlobalGiving and Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative.