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Rural Leadership Program 2017

The Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program, supported by NAB Agribusiness, is an intensive five-day workshop conducted on the college campus at Geelong. The program commenced in 1992 and is recognised as one of the longest running rural leadership programs in the nation. The Rural Leadership Program is run annually from the last Sunday of June each year.

Key Points

Where Marcus Oldham College
When Sunday 25 June 2017 to Friday 30 June 2017
Applications Close Friday 2 June 2017
Early Bird Discounts Close Saturday 29 April 2017
More Information Program details

Application Forms

  MORLP - Nomination Form 2017 MORLP - Nomination Form 2017  (419 KB)


Enquiries Program Enquiries - Jenny Hendricks

Ph: 03 5247 2901
Fax: (03) 5244 1263

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Defying the Drift Program 2016

The average age of farmers is approaching 60 years so young people interested in farming are worth their weight in gold!

There are strong economic realities driving prosperous rural futures. The world’s growing population needs to be fed and clothed which means a great future for young people in agriculture. The world needs more and better educated farmers, not less.

Careers include everything from hands-on farming to high-end research and many options in between, and there are also great opportunities in the many professions, trades and vocations needed in every community.

Defying the Drift is a 2 stage Program
Stage 1: Defying the Drift starts with a challenging residential weekend at leading tertiary agricultural institute, Marcus Oldham College, where participants learn new skills, discover many rural futures, meet some great young agriculture role models and have a great time.

Stage 2 is when participants bring it all together and make a presentation to a local Rotary Club or similar organisation if a Rotary Club is not available. Presentations are expected to cover what participants have learnt through the Defying the Drift program and their personal reflections on possible rural futures.

  Download the 2016 Defying the Drift Program Brochure Download the 2016 Defying the Drift Program Brochure  (996 KB)

Who’s it for?
Years 9, 10 & 11 students (approx. 15 -17 yrs) interested in rural career options.

Where and when?
Stage 1 Residential Course
Marcus Oldham College, Waurn Ponds, Geelong, Monday September 26th, 2016 to Wednesday September 28th, 2016.

Stages 2 Presentation
October to November 2016

How much?
A nominal fee of $100 per participant is payable and local Rotary Clubs are encouraged to assist by contributing part of the fee.