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Beyond the Bale : September 2016
If you have ambitions of being a leader in the rural community, then the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) can provide you with the experience and skills to help fast track you towards your goal. The ARLP is rural Australia’s iconic leadership development program that aims to produce a network of informed, capable and ethical leaders who are able to work collaboratively to advance the interests of regional Australia. AWI funds the participation of wool industry leaders in the ARLP. These wool industry leaders engage with AWI, the wool industry and community about the learnings from the ARLP and continue to use these learnings for the benefit of rural and regional Australia, and the sheep and wool industry in particular. Applications for Course 24 of the ARLP, which runs from August 2017 to October 2018, close at the end of October 2016. The ARLP course consists of about 50 days face-to-face, delivered in multiple sessions over 15 months. Five of these sessions take place in locations across Australia, including the Kimberley, a state capital city and a regional area, and involvement in Canberra’s political scene. One session takes place overseas with an eye-opening visit to one of Australia’s closest neighbours, Indonesia. The group size is 30 to 35 leaders. Additional development occurs via flexible learning. A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR WOOLGROWER PETER MCCRABB Woolgrower Peter McCrabb, who with his wife Lisa runs a large self-replacing Merino flock at ‘North Bundy’ at Booroorban in the western Riverina district of NSW, will this month complete his AWI-sponsored participation in Course 22 of the ARLP, following the course’s final session in Perth. Peter encourages people in the wool industry to apply for the course, saying it condenses into months what community leaders would normally take years acquiring. “While the program is a large commitment for participants and their families, it fast- tracks a wide range of training into a short time frame. It provides a unique experience that is hard to find outside the program,” Peter says. “The people on my course come from a wide variety of rural-related backgrounds, such as indigenous Australians, public servants, community-based workers, and staff from government departments and research and development organisations. Out of close to 30 on the course, there are probably only about three or four full-time farmers, so I have often been asked to represent the views of farmers during discussions, which I think is very important, and it has also helped improve my confidence in public speaking.” Peter says all the sessions have been valuable, with the media relations session particularly interesting. “But my favourites were the two weeks in Kimberley at the start of the course, where we learnt about relating to others in an unfamiliar environment, and the two weeks in June where we travelled to and studied leadership in Indonesia.” The latter trip included exchanges with Indonesian leaders in fields as diverse as feedlot operations; health, social and community service providers; a coffee farming cooperative and an agriculturally- focused boarding school. The course also visited the Australian Embassy in Jakarta for an informative briefing day regarding Indonesia's political goals and market challenges. “I gave presentations to two universities in Indonesia, and even met with Indonesia's Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives, Fadli Zon, in Jakarta. So the course has provided me with valuable experiences that I would have never have had otherwise.” PREVIOUS AWI- SPONSORED PARTICIPANTS Previous AWI-sponsored participants of the ARLP include: woolgrower Ben Watts of Molong, NSW, who is currently the project manager of the National Merino Challenge and spoke at this year’s IWTO Congress as an advocate of technology for woolgrowers; Chris Mirams, who is currently a board member of Meat & Livestock Australia and Holbrook Landcare Network, and a partner in Chris Mirams & Associates; and woolgrower Ben Swain from Gunnedah, NSW, who is the Executive Officer of the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association (see page 46). Bert Matthews, who with his wife Liz runs ‘Bedarbidgal’ at Hay in NSW, and neighbour Carol Huggins who runs the nearby ‘Woodpark’ with her husband Stephen, last month began the latest course, Course 23, thanks to sponsorship from AWI. MORE INFORMATION www.rural-leaders.com.au www.wool.com/ARLP LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AUSTRALIAN RURAL Now is your chance to join a network of leaders working collaboratively to advance the interests of rural industries and communities. Left: Woolgrower Peter McCrabb from ‘North Bundy’ at Booroorban in NSW speaking at a university in Indonesia in May 2016 during his Australian Rural Leadership Program course’s study tour of the country. Right: Peter McCrabb at home at ‘North Bundy’ with this wife Lisa and three children. ON FARM 41
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