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Teresa Allen

Teresa Allen
  • Cattle producer
  • Businesswoman
  • Fellow, ARLP 5
  • Resilient
  • Sharer, communicator

... definitely a rural leader!

Sponsor: Department of Primary Industries and Energy

Teresa Allen describes herself as "a rudder of the ship" in terms of leadership involvement with her cattle farming community of western Queensland, preferring not to lead out the front, but to share her knowledge and time generously and to connect people with the right networks to aid their goals.

She and husband Don run a savvy, diverse cattle operation with a focus on market flexibility. After 25 years in the agro-political sphere, Teresa is now heavily involved with the Australian Land Management Group and the health of the Queensland Murray Darling. She has survived a decade-long drought through tenacious detection and storage of water. Teresa's property, Albany Downs then became a major flood evacuation hub during 2010 and 2011 when conditions changed again.

"This hardship meant I had to go right back to the Kimberley rural leadership experience," Teresa says.

"The courage that the ARLP gave us when we were tired and finding things very confronting is so important."

This rural leader keeps in close contact with many of her Course 5 cohort, and other Foundation graduates, believing the contacts gained through her ARLP experience are "one of the most wonderful things to come from the experience."