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Red Earth Community Leadership Program

2024 RECLP applications have closed and been awarded. The 2024 program will be commencing in February 2024.
Below is the 2025 RECLP application information, which will open in April 2024.

Now more than ever, regional Australia needs to nurture our emerging leaders as well as support and develop our existing leaders in local communities. At a local level, community members are collectively looking for enhanced and structured leadership, in the form of practical and strategic thinking, collaboration, direction, planning, wisdom, and local knowledge. The annual community leadership program creates competent and well-equipped leaders across the *Burnett Inland who understand what it takes to lead in a regional environment.


Red Earth Community Leadership Program aims to:


  • Support the development of emerging leaders across community, business and government sectors to effect change in their local communities and region.

  • Increase collaboration between networks of community leaders to effect change in local communities and regions.     

  • Increase the participation by community leaders in significant regional projects, processes, and long-term planning.


Participants who apply what they have learnt from the program will have:

  • Improved knowledge of themselves, each other and the ability to share personal strengths for the common good;

  • Improved ability to influence positive change in themselves, their families, communities, businesses and industries;

  • Greater confidence and courage to act with the ability to challenge themselves and those around them.

  • Improved relationships and networks from across our regions with shared trust, knowledge and a platform to collaborate effectively on existing and new initiatives.


Program Dates                                                                                             


Module 1 Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th February 2025                    

Module 2 Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th March 2025                     



A limited number of scholarships are available for candidates who do not have access to a sponsoring organisation.  Refer to the application form for further details.

Registration Process

  • Fill out an application form which can be found at by closing date - 3rd November 2024

  • The selection panel will advise applicants of outcome in early December 2024.


For Further Information 

Contact us at or 

  • Burnett Inland geographic boundaries consist of diverse communities related to the local government areas of South Burnett, Cherbourg, North Burnett and communities in the Western Downs and Gympie adjacent to the South Burnett. 


Pre-recorded RECLP Information Sessions held in 2022 are available below:

If you missed out on attending one of our online information sessions, please see below the recordings of these sessions.

Apply for 2025 Click Here - Closing 3rd November 2024

Contribute  to the Community Leadership Program


Since 2014, over 200 people have participated in the annual Red Earth Community Leadership Program which is designed to not only benefit them personally, but to grow stronger business and community networks which will bring social and economic benefit to our entire community.


We know the program is achieving this in many communities across the Burnett Inland, and through RECLP 2025 we want to ensure the continued growth and development of the individuals who make our regions the wonderful places they are.


There are many ways you can be involved in this exciting initiative:

  • Support the participation of someone from your workplace or business through a sponsorship or from your staff training budget

  • Individual sponsorship of someone from your community - we often have community members wishing to attend the program who don't have the financial means and this is a great way of connecting a sponsor with their participant

  • Offering to be a speaker, presenting on topics relevant to the program

  • Provide an in-kind donation for example: food or meals for the participants as we prepare and serve breakfasts, morning & afternoon teas, lunches and dinners throughout the duration of the program

I wasn't sure what I was looking for when I decided to participate in the SBCLP. I now know I was missing a feeling of real connection with my community. The program brought me that connection and as I watch it continue each year I see that feeling rippling through the community connecting more and more people. Inspiring us to all work together and pull together as a community in the good times and also in times of trouble. As I watch events and issues unfold in our area I feel the community as a whole is continuing to grow stronger and more resilient. Having such a solid leadership program continues to be of great benefit to us all. 

Helen Roth


I spent four years doing a Masters degree in Leadership, in which I learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed.  I enjoyed and learnt as much participating in the SBCLP as I did in my Masters course (if not more) - with the added benefit of making great new friends from the Burnett region, recognising my own value as a leader and team member, and joining a larger alumni who are passionate about their communities and about leadership.  I can't speak highly enough of Red Earth's program and look forward to supporting it for many years to come.

Andrew Bryant


Red Earth's community leadership program has given me both the skills and the confidence to put myself "out there" and to take hold of opportunities I would previously thought "good idea" but not thought I was "enough" to try for it. I have developed an extensive group of mentors, peers and friends that I can turn to for both community and personal growth.  I feel the program has shown me how to access the keys to the door, a map for the journey and the resources to venture on. Thank you!

Beck Cross


What an eye opening and crucial program.

I have learned to listen to other people and, on a personal note, listen to my family.  Content which I found very informative included how to find strengths in others; hearing about other people’s ideas and points of view. I learned how to bring groups of people together for the same goal and also the importance of looking at your employees in a different light.  As a result, my work and home life has improved.

Mark Magisana


The South Burnett Community Leadership Program has made me able to understand and believe in myself and my capabilities.  In turn this has helped me to help my community in a positive way.

Narelle Black


The Red Earth Program not only supports its participants but it supports our entire community. There have been many positive outcomes achieved within our community as a result of our alumni network working together in a stronger, more cohesive way. Our alumni has become a strength of our community.

Steph Denman


Leadership is not a position or a title, it's an action and example

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