RDAMR launches 2024 program for future regional leaders

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Regional Development Australia Murraylands & Riverland (RDAMR) is inviting the region’s emerging leaders to apply for the 2024 round of its Regional Leadership Development Program (RLDP).

The program, funded by the Government of South Australia and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, aims to equip emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to build resilient communities and foster lasting connections.

In January 2024, the State Government announced an additional $2 million funding boost to extend this highly successful program, which was designed to empower leaders from regional communities throughout the state. The Murraylands and Riverland RLDP, held from May through to November 2023, saw 142 emerging leaders participate from across the region.

The 2023 program graduates were celebrated with a graduation event at Parliament House on Wednesday 5 June, where they were congratulated on their achievements by Clare Scriven, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Rob Kerin, Chair of Regional Development South Australia and Jodie Hawkes Chair of RDAMR.

The event offered an opportunity for all the South Australian Regional Development boards and past program participants, including Rebecca Turner, Tracey Finocchio and William Gillett from the Murraylands and Riverland RLDP, to speak with Minister Scriven about their experiences, achievements, and the positive impact the program will have on future participants with the continued funding.

RDAMR Project Manager, Mandy Tennant, emphasises the importance of the program in addressing the challenges faced by regional communities to develop and retain leaders.

“Supporting and retaining leaders in our region is critical to economic growth, resilience, and overall sustainability. This program is key to achieving those goals.”

The RLDP redefines the path to effective leadership by emphasising inside-out development and collective leadership.

“True leadership is about collective effort, not individual heroes. It’s about adapting to the unique challenges and opportunities in your environment,” says Tennant. “We focus on building self-awareness as the foundation for leading others and driving transformative change.”

Rebecca Turner, a 2023 RLDP graduate and Owner/Manager at Mypolonga Avocados, shared how the program helped her to develop a greater awareness and understanding of the motivations behind people’s behaviour and taught her practical ways to encourage others to draw out the best in themselves and each other.

“Inspiring people and drawing out the best in them is an essential part of being a good leader, especially in a small rural community where farmers often face many challenges that impact their mental health.” Turner said.

Another graduate and CEO at Agtech by Design, Zane Sheffield, reflected on his growth through the program: “My leadership and communication skills, especially in public speaking, have improved significantly over the past year. I’ve also gained valuable knowledge in governance systems, team leadership, company structures, and finance applications.”

The 2024 program will be delivered in partnership with Aurora Meliora, LeadersHP, and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. It will begin with an 8-day program open to residents of the Murraylands and Riverland region who are ready to broaden their leadership skills.

For more information or to enrol in the 2024 Regional Leadership Development Program, visit https://rdamr.com.au/rldp/

Media contact:
Mandy Tennant – Project Manager | M: 0400 781 390 | E: mtennant@rdamr.com.au

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