Riverina Local Land Services launch scholarships to find latest round of Young Farming Champions

In 2020 Riverina Local Land Services established a scholarship for a young person from the Riverina to participate in the acclaimed leadership program Cultivate – Growing Young Leaders delivered by Action4Agriculture. PhD student Dylan Male was the worthy winner. Following this success Riverina Local Land Services is happy to announce two more scholarships for 2022 and invites local people, aged between 18 and 35, passionate about agriculture, to apply.


“Riverina Local Land Services is very pleased, once again, to support this Action4Agriculture project,” general manager Ray Willis said. “Helping to “build capacity” of current and future primary producers and agricultural ambassadors is a high priority for Local Land Services and this project is an excellent opportunity to facilitate personal development of young people interested in agriculture. Local Land Services will also benefit from the opportunity to provide information to schools on topics of key importance such as: Aboriginal cultural heritage and cultural burns; woodland birds and threatened species found in the Riverina; healthy waterways; and pest animals and biosecurity.”


Young people who are doing post graduate research in agriculture related fields or are working in the agriculture sector are invited to apply for the Cultivate – Growing Young Leaders program. Successful applicants will receive a two-year package of support including media training, networking and mentorship opportunities to help them share why their heart is in the Riverina and in agriculture.  In the second year of the program these young leaders will have the opportunity to hone their advocacy skills by engaging with primary and secondary students with A4A’s in-school programs The Archibull Prize and Kreative Koalas.


“Being awarded the 2020 scholarship has been invaluable to my personal growth and career development,” Dylan said. “Throughout this program, I have had access to exclusive workshop opportunities, facilitated by some of the greatest minds in Australia and around the world. These workshops are equipping me with the knowledge and skills needed to drive positive change in Australia’s agricultural sector. One big takeaway has been gaining an appreciation and understanding into what it takes to be an effective leader in today’s rapidly evolving world. Perhaps most significantly, the program has seen me welcomed into a supportive community of passionate young agricultural changemakers from right across Australia.

“I am incredibly grateful for the support of RLLS, who continue to support my journey by providing me with ongoing learning opportunities. A highlight for me was the opportunity in 2021 to participate on a field trip to Young, where I was able to present at a board meeting, visit local farmers and learn more about how the RLLS works and the people they engage with.”



Read the Expression of Interest Brochure here

Expressions of interest for the 2022 Cultivate – Growing Young Leaders program can be made here

For further information contact  Lynne Strong at lynnestrong@action4ag.com.au




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