The second residential session of the 2014 Developing Dairy Leaders Program (DDLP) was held in Canberra in June.
(L-R): DDLP Warrnambool participant, Jessica Westwick; Dairy Australia Director, Kelvin Jackson; Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan MP; ADF President, Noel Campbell.
Participants delivered their project presentations to the group and learned about effective advocacy and communication techniques. The participants also heard from several politicians, including Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, Member for Mallee Andrew Broad, and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie. Journalists Colin Bettles from Fairfax Rural Media, Rob Harris from the Weekly Times and Tony Mahar of the NFF spoke about effective advocacy.
Participants also attended the Dairy Australia Legendairy Breakfast at Parliament House to practise their informal networking and advocacy skills with politicians and media. More than 30 Parliamentarians joined the DDLP participants for breakfast, giving them valuable networking experience as well as the opportunity to snap a few ‘selfies’.
The program is expected to run again in 2015. Farmers interested in the 2015 program should contact the ADF office on (03) 8621 4200.