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Drought Resilience Leadership Program
Congratulations to the Far West participants who included representatives from the arts, community, small business, education, local government and landcare sectors.
More than 30 leaders in the Parkes electorate have been selected to take part in a leadership development program as part of the Australian Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund (FDF).
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud said a total of 42 participants have been selected for the Drought Resilience Leaders program in Western NSW.
“Farmers and members of the community in this region of New South Wales will have the opportunity to join a cohort of forward-thinkers and work with others to drive action in their community to prepare for future drought,” Minister Littleproud said.
“The program gives future leaders in rural and regional areas the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through leadership development and undertake community activities.”
The participants from Western NSW were selected after a competitive application process. They will take part in a mix of residential and remote training, including personal and community resilience, and network and adaptive leadership.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton congratulated the 32 leaders selected from the Parkes electorate.
“It’s great to see so many leaders from the Parkes electorate put their hand up to take part in this development program,” Mr Coulton said.
“This will only enrich our region, equipping these progressive locals with the skills they need to prepare their communities for future droughts.”
The Drought Resilience Leaders program is a partnership between the Australian Government and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Limited (ARLF).
ARLF will work with the next generation of rural and regional leaders to develop their leadership capabilities, encouraging them to work together with their communities to better prepare for drought.
On completion of the program, participants can apply for a Community Engagement Grant for a local project to continue building drought resilience for their community.