“IT’S not what happens in life, it’s how you deal with it”.
That was one of the key messages Tammy Atkins took from her experience as a Rural City of Wangaratta councillor, and that council’s dismissal in September, 2013.
She said her short term on local government, and subsequent involvement with Voices for Indi, had also brought home the importance of strong leadership.
Those motivating factors will drive Ms Atkins as she tackles her next challenge – involvement in the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP).
She is one of 30 leaders from a diverse range of sectors and backgrounds across Australia who made their way through a competitive national selection process to be chosen for the program’s 22nd cohort.
Kicking off with a trip to the Kimberley in May, the program will see the group take part in a range of sessions over 17 months, including immersion in Canberra’s political scene, and finishing with a visit to Indonesia.
“Broadly speaking, its role is to improve the capacity of rural leaders so they can step up to the challenge,” Ms Atkins said.
See Wednesday’s Chronicle to read our full chat with Tammy Atkins, where she opens up her time on council, her involvement with the Nationals and Voices for Indi, and the challenges of the leadership program.