Workshops Empower Residents to Transform Communities

Gulf Savannah NRM is encouraging residents to register for one of two upcoming Changemaker Workshops — a free two-day leadership development course designed for individuals who want to play a more active role in the community. 

The workshops, facilitated by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) under the Future Drought Fund’s Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative, aim to foster self-awareness, community engagement, leadership skills, and the ability to create positive change while considering diverse perspectives and community wellbeing.  

They are open to individuals who have a strong interest in finding innovative solutions for complex challenges, a commitment to exploring new approaches for building a thriving community, and an interest in driving local action to prepare for drought effectively. 

‘The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation has delivered over 126 leadership programs in the last 30 years, dedicated to building thriving rural, regional, and remote communities. These Changemaker Workshops support individuals who wish to make a real difference in their communities by providing them with skills in assessing their region’s readiness for change, purposeful engagement, and storytelling to shape communities,’ ARLF Chief Executive Matt Linnegar said.  

‘We’re proud to work with the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal and the ARLF and are committed to empowering our community and facilitating positive changes that make a lasting impact,’ Gulf Savannah NRM’s Community Resilience Project Officer Deb Schedue said. 

The free two-day workshops will be held on Monday 29 – Tuesday 30 April, and Thursday 2 – Friday 3 May at the Jackaroo Motel in Mareeba.  

For more information and to register, visit 

The workshops are a vital component of the $29.6 million Australian Government Future Drought Fund supported Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative. They are delivered by the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal in partnership with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and community organisations, including Gulf Savannah NRM, across the country.  

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