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Beyond the Bale : December 2017
RAWLINNA STATION MANAGER Experienced and hands-on pastoral manager sought to oversee operations at “Rawlinna”; an iconic 1 million hectare Merino sheep property 360kms east of Kalgoorlie, W.A. This position is well-resourced and offers you full autonomy for the livestock program with two Overseers and an experienced crew. The property operates a well- maintained network of waters and infrastructure across the numerous paddocks with a total carrying capacity of 65,000 head in arguably some of the best pastoral climate in Australia. A tremendous career opportunity, the position will suit an established pastoral manager looking to take the next step in their career. An attractive salary package is on offer, along with a comfortable 3-bedroom homestead, fully outfitted workshop and aircraft hangar. Applications to email@example.com and further information is available at www.jumbuckpastoral.com or by contacting Human Resources on 08 8100 1609. JUMBUCK PASTORAL ADVERTISEMENT Woolgrowers Bert Matthews and Carol Huggins, who undertook the 2016-17 ARLP course supported by AWI, graduated in October. PHOTO: Fiona Myers/ Newspix 2016-17 ARLP course participants receiving thoughts on leadership during a panel discussion with Federal MPs Cathy McGowan (Indi, Vic), Joel Fitzgibbon (Hunter, NSW), Rebekha Sharkie (Mayo, SA) and Senator Fiona Nash (NSW) in Canberra in October. diverse range of backgrounds, industries and communities, who have all shown an ability to lead. “Allowing these individuals the time and space to safely and honestly give and receive feedback on my leadership style and personality is very rare in society today,” Bert said. “Our initial two weeks in the Kimberley had a profound effect on me. For the first time in many years the thought processes in my mind were cleared and I was focused only on our group and the experiential learning that I could glean from the experience.” FROM WANGARATTA TO JAKARTA Carol highlighted the benefits of how, later in the program, participants had the opportunity to immerse themselves into regional politics and business, around Wangaratta in north-east Victoria. “There we were exposed to the theme of how to achieve a positive outcome,” Carol said. “What we learnt is that to achieve a desired outcome, everyone needs to be jointly involved in the journey towards that outcome; and ensuring the outcome is one for the greater good of the community. Leaders have to focus on the ‘why and how’ to achieve an outcome.” Bert added, “It reinforced that as an individual we can achieve great things but as a collective we can achieve greater things. A good idea or project will not fly simply because it was a good idea; it is the people that create the change and as individuals we need to bring the people with us if we are to be successful in creating the change we wish to see.” The time towards the end of the program spent in Indonesia – a country of more than 250 million people – was a real eye opener for most of the participants. “For a country where there is extreme poverty visible, there was a sense of happiness and well being amongst the people,” Bert said. “There was a valuable take home message here. If there is a problem that requires a solution then it only takes one person to lead the change if they bring the people with them. We witnessed this on many levels throughout Jakarta.” Carol said she too knew little about Indonesia before she visited. “It was interesting to see how leaders operate in a country very different to Australia. But in many respects farmers are actually the same everywhere – they all care about their community.” MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/ARLP ON FARM 55