“The Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program was one of the most challenging, empowering and valuable things I have ever done. The facilitators, presenters, participants delivered real life learning, personal development and inspiration to make a meaningful difference in my community.

The functions and on campus structure meant that the networking opportunity was huge and I think everyone has come away with some very strong new friends and people to bounce of Ideas and leadership challenges in the future.

The course challenged us to consider our values and our impact on others. In depth discussions around all aspects of leadership, mental health, self analysis, group dynamics and much more, resulted in confidence and tools to take away and apply in all aspects of life”.

Sam Stringer, National Business Manager – National Rural Independents Ltd
Bundoora Victoria

“I really enjoyed a thoroughly stimulating and challenging course. The program provided an opportunity to explore leadership qualities, styles, strengths and weaknesses. I particularly appreciated the networking with other farming men and women, to learn more about different commodity groups and the worries they face”.

Jennifer Grigg, Grain Grower
Hopetoun Victoria

“The course for me has been one of the most stimulating, engaging and just down right pleasurable experiences. The choice of presenters over the 5 days of the course was fantastic and for all of them I couldn’t get enough – I could go back for more. The course has been of great be nefit in enabling me to identify and to plan where we are going both as a family and as a business”

John Waterhouse, Vingeron and Livestock Producer
Yark Victoria

“What an absolutely brilliant week, what a fantastic course! Not only did I achieve so much through the course but also from the great mixture of people from other backgrounds and industries. I think I learnt more about other Australian agricultural industries in the five days I spent at Marcus than from any other course I have been associated with.”

Kerrie Richards, Merino Wool Producer/Manufacturer
Richmond Queensland

“As an employee of the Department of Agriculture, I have been fortunate enough to participate in a number of training courses – none has been as valuable as the Rural Leadership Program. The Program provided the perfect blend of theory and take-home, ready to use practical skills and information. The speakers were excellent and were very well complemented by having a diverse range of views and industries represented by course participants.”

Jason Leeman, Dairy Extension Officer
Echuca Victoria

“The best experience I have had yet. It will take a lot to outdo this five-day leadership program. Great speakers, terrific people from a diverse range of industries and dynamic information to take us into the 21st Century.”

Jeanette Reader, Tasmanian Women in Agriculture
Longford Tasmania

“An outstanding opportunity to amalgamate various industries under one banner and work towards a unified vision for rural Australia”

Tony Thompson, Cotton Grower
Bourke New South Wales