Monday, May 14th, 2018 - Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

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) announced Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF).

The ARLP is a 15-month leadership program which takes 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,” said Matt.

“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 these 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 1,000 plus alumni of the Foundation.”

“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,” said Matt.

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.


ARLP Course 25





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


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 Prime Minister and Cabinet

Marie Dennis

West Mackay, QLD

Australian Government 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


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Monique Brouwer on 0400 913 813.

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Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

We are a not-for-profit organisation that delivers programs to develop leaders for rural, regional and remote Australia.

Our programs combine people from diverse industries, communities and backgrounds. Participants develop a network of supportive leaders, who are all working for the greater good of Australia.

Monique Brouwer
P: (02) 6281 0680
M: 0400 913 813


Announcement of Course 25 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program by Australian Rural Leadership Foundation



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