Regenerate Snowy Valleys

Building community resilience through leadership

Applications open 6 June to 25 July 2022.

5 – 8 September 2022

Laurel Hill

28 November – 1 December 2022

Camp Hudson

A free 8-day residential leadership development program for people aged 25 and over from the Snowy Valleys. Includes twin-share accommodation, meals and activities.


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.

Regenerate Snowy Valleys is a leadership program designed to expose you to a culture of self-sufficiency and helping behaviour.

It is for anyone living and contributing to the Snowy Valleys community. 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 local management committee. Are you someone who is:

  • Keen to understand how leadership is required when connecting with others and building networks? 
  • Future-focused and committed to the region? 
  • Interested in supporting Snowy Valleys socially and economically and exploring how to have a positive impact? Able to see what holds your community back and what can propel it forward? 
  • A collaborator who welcomes the chance to work across political, cultural, social and economic differences and bring all perspectives to the surface? 
  • Open to experimenting, being challenged and taking risks? 
  • Open to learning about yourself and others? 
  • Willing to work with others to get things done?

If you answered YES to even one of these questions, this program is right for you.


Learn how to identify your community’s capacity to cope with disasters.

Build a network of resilient leaders to respond to future adverse events.

Understand the critical role leadership plays in this process.

Learn how to practise leadership to achieve outcomes for your region.

Short on time?

Giving up time to attend a leadership development program can be a tough choice. Here are five reasons to invest the time and apply.

Frequently asked questions

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

For more information view our Participant Attendance Policy.

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.

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 governments under the Bushfire Economic Recovery Fund.  It is supported by Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative. 

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. 

Call our local community contact Kate Howarth on 0447 006 913

If you cannot find an answer to your question in our FAQ, you can always contact us. Our team is happy to answer questions and help with your application.

We don’t teach, we facilitate & engage

Learning with us is not assessment or competency-based. Our experiential learning methodology means you’ll learn through challenges and enquiry. It is an experience, not a classroom.