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Bootcamp helps pastoralists to achieve positive changes

A rural leadership ´bootcamp´ was held in October to build the leadership skills of land managers.

The course, held in Broome 17-19 October, aimed to increase land managers´ ability to plan for and manage change and help improve skills in personal mastery, communication and leadership.

Rangelands NRM Project Manager (Kimberley) Mel McDonald said 12 participants attended, representing nine farming entities.

´The course included a component of ´managing for sustainability and climate chance´ which involves identifying the key drivers of ecological sustainability in a business,” Mrs McDonald said.

She said Rangelands NRM was working with local groups to build community capacity and leadership skills to support community groups into the future.

The Rural Leader’s Bootcamp was delivered by The Right Mind with the expert skills of Jill Rigney and David Hanlon. It was organised by the Kimberley Pilbara Cattleman´s Association (KPCA) and supported by the West Kimberley LCDC through WA´s State NRM Program supported by Royalties for Regions and Rangelands NRM through the Australian Government´s National Landcare Programme.

Mrs McDonald said the course began with a long, physically and mentally challenging three days with loads of information and practical challenges.

“It continues with fantastic follow-up activities and support to consolidate learning.

Luke McKay, Farm Manager from Kimberley Agricultural Investment said the rural leaders boot camp was a great opportunity to learn and develop with people across Northern WA.

´Having a diverse group of backgrounds and personalities was a fantastic chance hear how other managers cope and deal with staff and situations in their own businesses, and how that can transfer into our operation,” he said.

´I cannot thank the KPCA, Rangelands NRM and the West Kimberley LCDC enough for providing the opportunity to have such great presenters, and would urge anyone who has a chance to participate to go for it.”

Helen Campion from Anna Plain Station said the course was challenging and rewarding.

´It encompassed a number of leadership and communication skills required for the future of not only our own business, but also the industry,” she said.

´It was an amazing opportunity to network with other like-minded people, passionate about making a difference, and enabled us to try different behaviours and ask questions in a safe space in order to grow in confidence and skills.”

A follow up session will be held in Broome on 7-8 March for participants of the first Bootcamp. A second Rural Leaders Bootcamp is planned for 2017 with expressions of interest from Land Mangers welcome.Course information can be found on The Right Mind website. Please contact Mel McDonald at Rangelands NRM to express your interest.
A huge amount of inspiring information was delivered and practiced over three jam packed days (Mel McDonald)