People on the move

Ag ambassadors set to embark on iconic rural leadership program

Grain Central, May 16, 2018

THIRTY-ONE people from across rural, regional and remote Australia have been selected to be part of Course 25 of the iconic Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP).

Announcing the successful applicants, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) chief executive officer, Matt Linnegar, said the ARLP was a 15-month leadership program which took place across Australia and Indonesia, immersing participants in a series of unique experiences to develop their leadership capabilities.

“Our generous partners provide a $55,000 scholarship for each participant to undertake the program. Our partners believe that investing in people is crucial for the greater good of rural, regional and remote Australia,” Mr Linnegar said.

“Throughout the program participants will engage in challenging and lifechanging experiences. We’ll provide time and space to reflect on their abilities as a leader. They’ll be given the tools and capacity to influence change, and make an impact in regional Australia.”

One of the unique aspects of the program is its length. Over the 15 months the participants will learn from each other’s experiences within their communities and industries.

“They will form lifelong friendships, mentoring relationships, and a network that extends beyond their course to the wider 1000-plus alumni of the foundation,” Mr Linnegar said.

“These participants have taken part in a rigorous and competitive selection process to be chosen for Course 25 of the ARLP, and I’m excited to meet the entire cohort in July.

“We also excited to announce the first ever recipient of the ARLF Alumni Scholarship – Jolanda Bakker from Tom Price, WA. It’s through the donations of our alumni that we can provide Jolanda with the opportunity to be part of the ARLP. I would like to thank alumni for their generosity.”

The participants will commence their first session of the program in Darwin in July 2018, before travelling to the Kimberley region in WA for an outdoor experiential component of the program.



Name Location Sponsor
Fleur Anderson Theodore, Qld Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Auscott Limited, Cotton Australia
Pieter Badenhorst Macarthur, Vic Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Jolanda Bakker Tom Price, WA ARLF Alumni Scholarship
Bec Bignell Clovelly, NSW Telstra
Tim Booker Howrah, Tas Dairy Australia
Sarah Britton Orange, NSW NSW Government Department of Primary Industries
Dan Brown Belmont, NSW NSW Local Land Services
Corrine Butler Warwick, Qld Prime Super
Anthony Champion Berri, SA Australian Government Department of Health
Tiani Cook Alice Springs, NT Anonymous Sponsor
Wade Dabinett Parilla, SA Grains Research and Development Corporation
Karen Demmery Canberra, ACT Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Marie Dennis West Mackay, Qld Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Deborah Dowden Mount Magnet, WA Woolworths Limited
John Durham Coleambally, NSW Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Auscott Limited, Cotton Australia
Amy Fay Echuca, Vic Thyne Reid Foundation
Lauren Finger Yannathan, Vic Gardiner Foundation
Fiona Gaske St George, Qld Anonymous Sponsor
Aaron Irving Fremantle, WA Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
Emma Jackson Coen, Qld Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Elverina Johnson Yarrabah, Qld Australia Council for the Arts
Jack Kepa Yam Island, Qld Torres Strait Regional Authority
Troy Mauger Jerilderie, NSW Ricegrowers Association of Australia
Lauren McNally Toowoomba, Qld Australian Lot Feeders Association
Andrew O’Sullivan Queanbeyan, NSW Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Justin Roach Warral, NSW Agrifutures Australia
Dane Robertson Fremantle, WA Cooperative Bulk Handling Ltd
Emma Thomas Forbes, NSW Grains Research and Development Corporation
Jock Warriner Brisbane, Qld Meat and Livestock Australia
Sarah Jane Wilson Mount Low, Qld James Cook University
David Young Bookham, NSW Australian Wool Innovation



Source: ARLP, Australian Rural Leadership Program.


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