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Rural Leadership Program 2016

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 26 June 2016 to Friday 1 July 2016
Applications Close Friday 3 June 2016
Early Bird Discounts Close Saturday 30 April 2016
More Information Program details

Application Forms Applications for the 2016 Invergowrie Foundation Leadership Awards are now open.

  MORLP - Application Form 2016 MORLP - Application Form 2016  (416 KB)

  MORLP - Howard Yelland Award Application Form 2016 MORLP - Howard Yelland Award Application Form 2016  (329 KB)

  MORLP - Invergowrie Foundation Leadership Award Application Form 2016 MORLP - Invergowrie Foundation Leadership Award Application Form 2016  (410 KB)

  MORLP - Invergowrie Leadership Award Report Guide 2016 MORLP - Invergowrie Leadership Award Report Guide 2016  (232 KB)


Enquiries Program Enquiries - Fiona Chambers

Ph: 03 5247 2900
Fax: (03) 5244 1263

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APAL Emerging Leaders Program
(2013 - 2015)

At Marcus Oldham, we believe that when it comes to your future, it’s important to invest in yourself. Our Emerging Leaders Program ran from 2013 - 2015 providing the Apple & Pear industry stakeholders with tools to excel as innovative, well-educated and passionate industry leaders.


Over the course of a week you’ll work to develop leadership, and communication and planning skills. Through personal involvement and group participation you’ll gain an understanding of your own strengths, and development needs as well as  aving the opportunity to network with keynote speakers from your industry. This course is partly sponsored by the apple and pear levy through Horticulture Australia Limited.


The course is open to all members of the apple, pear, cherry and summer fruit industries. Applicants can come from any segment of the industry – growing, packing, marketing, advising, supplying inputs etc. We hope that passionate emerging leaders who want to make a difference will apply.

There are no age limits.

  Read the brochure - APAL Emerging Leaders Program 2015 Read the brochure - APAL Emerging Leaders Program 2015  (750 KB)


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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.