Narromine’s Nano Moody among Western New South Wales participants in the 2022 Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program | Liberal Daily

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From farmers and people working in agriculture to medical staff, a teacher and a rural financial adviser are part of the Western NSW network taking part in this year’s Drought Resilience Leaders Development programme. The program is an initiative of the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund designed to strengthen the future of regional communities through capacity building and collaboration. From Broken Hill, Dubbo, Narromine, Wentworth and beyond, participants have come together online to focus on leadership, networks and personal and community resilience. READ ALSO: The program will take place over eight days and will focus on topics including adaptive leadership, theory of change, personal and community resilience, climate science, problem solving, mental and physical wellbeing , scenario planning, influencing and network leadership. With the second session being held online, participants will then meet in person in Mutawintji National Park for the final development session in early April 2022. Nano Moody, farmer and participant from Narromine, said the program not only helped her to improve her skills, but to connect with people who could help her achieve her goal. “We have just been through the worst drought ever and its negative impact on our state of mind has been huge,” she said. “Lately I have been taking classes to learn resilience skills to manage my mindset more effectively. I have been blown away by how much these skills have helped me and it has ignited my passion to pass on these skills to as many rural people as possible, especially our rural children.” After undertaking the program, participants can support Western NSW resilience action through community engagement grants. Participants will have the opportunity to apply for a grant of $4,000 each and can choose to work on an initiative individually or collectively by partnering with a few others and combining these resources to achieve a common project. “Having the ability to help others change their mindset is a valuable skill and I look forward to leveraging the knowledge of other program participants and expanding my network,” Ms. Moody said. “I also plan to apply for a grant at the end of the program, to set up a pilot program focusing on these resilience-building techniques.” Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) Chief Executive Matt Linnegar congratulated the participants from Western NSW who raised their hands to take part in such a unique opportunity. “The program brings together a group of dedicated locals who are passionate about building resilience in their region. Our cohort in Western New South Wales is diverse and comes from a range of industries and backgrounds. horizons.” Western NSW is one of 12 regions across Australia selected to participate in the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Programme. The program is currently running in the Goulburn Valley in Victoria, the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, the Northern Wheatbelt in Western Australia and the North West Slopes and Plains in New South Wales, while participants from mid-west Queensland were the first to complete this program.

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