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Delight, inspire and engage

Delight, inspire and engage

When a rural leader graduates from one of the Foundation's programs, we know that they are going to continue to make their mark as a leader in many different ways.

The Foundation enjoys little more than catching up with the work and projects of our graduates and fellows, and we have come to learn that the contexts within which they work are fabulously vast and varied.

Here, we are pleased to share a video sent to us by Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 19 graduate, Luke Bayley, in his role as Healthy Landscape Manager, Western Rangelands with Bush Heritage Australia. The Wubin-based leader was recently involved in planning and delivering the hugely successful Blues for the Bush concert held at Charles Darwin Reserve, in Perenjori WA at the beginning of October.

Having graduated from the ARLP just over a month ago, Luke is a leader passionate about conservation and community.

"I feel privileged to be employed by Bush Heritage Australia, one of Australia’s largest private conservation organisations. In my role I am supported to explore innovation that will improve how we manage our biodiversity and natural landscapes and to also seek ways in which I can work in collaboration with traditional owners," Luke says.

And he says the inception of an event like Blues for the Bush is in large part thanks to his experiences with the ARLP and the enervating impact it has had on many aspects of his life.

"During my time on the ARLP course and as a consequence of being inspired by what I was seeing and learning I developed a regional event designed to delight, inspire and engage our rural community," he says.

"Blues for the Bush was primarily to celebrate our work at Bush Heritage but to also recognise community and kick start innovative collaborations.

"This approach to developing such an event was a direct result of my ARLP learning’s and inspiration."

Please enjoy this snap-shot of Luke's work with Bush Heritage and an inspiring story from just one in our Network, leading and working to build a more vibrant rural Australia.

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