Rural leaders, way out west


The newest crop of rural leaders participating in the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) met their first challenges recently in the north of Western Australia.

Seen here (from left) are David Adams, Cranbrook, WA; Merna Curnow, Laanecoorie, Victoria; and Jason Rae, Wallumbilla, Queensland; with Senator Judith Troeth at the Carr Boyd Ranges in a remote area of the Kimberley.

ARLP Executive Director Mike Beckingham says the 18 men and 11 women on this unique two-year, part-time course all have a strong commitment to shaping the future of rural Australia.

"The program is about personal growth and building strong links between our rural leaders. This includes shared understanding of what needs to be done to create a prosperous future for our rural industries and communities."

The WA session is the first of seven sessions over two years in which the 29 participants will travel extensively around Australia and overseas, meeting with leaders of industry and government.

Already over 160 graduates of the program are making their mark in rural Australia, with many serving in key board or executive positions in rural industries and organisations.

Applications will close on 31 July 2000 for the next course of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (which will be conducted from April 2001 to September 2002).

For an application form or information about nominating or sponsoring candidates for the program contact the Australian Rural Leadership Program: PO Box 298, Deakin ACT 2600, phone 02 6281 0680, fax 02 6285 4676, email or the web site at

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