Community Leadership Program graduates Craig Tunley, Elvis Bell, Daniel Clacy and Donny George
Guest speaker Simone de Haas with Kristy Frahm

March 16, 2020

Another 22 people graduated recently from Red Earth’s Community Leadership Program, marking their achievement with a celebration at the Bunya Mountains.

They have joined a growing band of Red Earth alumni, including several past graduates who have nominated for candidates at the upcoming South Burnett and North Burnett local government elections.

Red Earth Community Foundation chair Georgie Somerset said the South Burnett Community Leadership had been rebranded this year to reflect the involvement of North Burnett participants.

“This is a proud moment for the South Burnett where our passion and commitment has spread to inspire other regions to invest in their own people to ensure we are all set up for the future,” she said.

“Red Earth is proud to be part of their journey, knowing that each graduate is set up by our program to contribute throughout their lifetime to making their home and region a thriving and resilient place.”

The graduation event was held last Monday night.

Highlights included the personal stories shared by participants and the speech by guest speaker and leadership specialist, Simone De Haas.

“She left everyone with a simple message to step forward when leadership opportunities turn up,” Mrs Somerset said.

“Simone reminded us that these will mostly be before you feel ready, however our ability to understand the power of vulnerability and authenticity will see us succeed.

“Red Earth Community Foundation sincerely thanks Simone, the facilitators of the residential program, Better Results Together, and the army of volunteers who ensure that each cohort leaves the Bunya Mountains equipped for an even better future.”

Applications will open in September for the 2021 Red Earth Community Leadership Program.

Expressions of interest can be submitted to and more information can be found online

[Photos: Red Earth Community Foundation]

Red Earth Community Foundation board … John Carey, Kristy Frahm, Karen Seiler, Melinda Jones, Georgie Somerset, Fleur Anderson and Carl Rackemann (absent: Andrew Zerner)
Amanda and Mick Astill (Astills Electrical) with Margie Magnussen, centre (Stanwell)
Gaye Hobbs (Hobbs & Associates) with participants Kim Donohue and Clinton Kenyon
Jules Shanahan, centre, with her sponsors Downer EDI Mining representatives Nick Mason and Josh Burke
Nikki Briggs, centre, with her sponsors, North Burnett Community Services representatives Sue Payne and Alex O’Neill
Priscilla Hanlon with her sponsors Ken Mills Toyota’s Sheryl and Ken Mills
Community Leadership Program graduates Rachel Niemann, Michelle Reay, Brenda Brown and Sarah Avis

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