Helping regional communities prepare for drought – Changemaker Workshop


July 18, 2024 9:00 am

Two dates, two locations

Bridgetown, July 18-19, 2024
Bunbury, July 22-23, 2024

For community members who want to make a difference to gain the frameworks and models to drive change. Participants may be in formal leadership positions but this is not a requirement, as anyone can be a change-maker, influencer or advocate.

The Changemaker Series forms part of a Community Impact Program being co-delivered by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (in collaboration with FRRR) and will support community groups to develop their leadership skills, equipping them with the networks to respond to drought preparedness in their community.

The two workshops will be delivered in four sessions over two days in Bridgetown and then in Bunbury. It is free to attend however please note that overnight accommodation is not provided.

Session 1: Becoming a changemaker

Assess your region’s readiness for change, explore how change happens and how to overcome resistance. Learn what it takes to be a positive change agent, have the drive to build new things, how to manage setbacks and work creatively and purposefully with others.

Session 2: Community conversations

Understand the ecosystem created through shared conversations, purposeful and inclusive engagement and robust and authentic conversations. Learn how to have those conversations, suspend judgement and assumptions, build trust and transparency for connection and diverse relationships.

Session 3: Caring for community

Unpack what forms and shapes a community and how it can be more inclusive. Considering the impacts of drought, trauma and other events, the session provides tools to better support one another and ways to balance giving to and getting back from community.

Session 4: Reframe and retell

Explore ideas to shape the future you’d like to see for your community. Understand the importance of language in motivating and mobilising people, and the power of storytelling. Learning what makes a good story and how to connect with the hearts and minds of people.


The Community Impact Program’s Changemaker Series is delivered by the Federal Government’s Future Drought Fund Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought initiative.

It brings together a range of support to help agriculture dependent communities in rural, regional, and remote Australia adapt to and prepare for drought. It is delivered in partnership between the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF).

Australian Rural Leadership Foundation chief executive Matt Linnegar said: “Australia’s regional communities are famous for being able to pull together in times of crisis. But what drought resilience looks like for me is not just networks with the ability to support each other in hard times, but networks that can work together on a future they’d like to see when not in drought.”

“For me, it’s all about building individual and community capability and networks to place themselves in the strongest possible position to bounce forward.”