Rural Environmental Leaders Program

Grow your leadership capacity with peers in your regional community

The Rural Environmental Leaders Program is delivered through in person and online engagement, delivered in partnership with Boeing. You will learn the essential skills for behaviour change, influence and negotiation. 

Feel empowered to lead
You will learn all the skills you need to become an effective leader for a better future.

Receive one-on-one coaching
Partake in one-on-one coaching sessions with reputable mentors: some of Australia’s best business, political, social and environmental leaders.

Collaborate with like-minded individuals
You’ll have the unique opportunity to learn from, network and work with a group of like-minded individuals throughout the program.

What alumni say

I learned that leadership is about the skills we have as individuals to do good”, DEBBIE FIRESTONE

DEBBIE FIRESTONE, Tweed Shire Council
Debbie Firestone

Program format

The program consists of in-person and online workshops over 14 weeks.

We estimate a minimum time commitment of approximately 6–8 hours a week.

This includes preparation for workshops, coaching, mentoring and working on a collaborative prototyping project.

  • Week 1: Retreat one

    The first of two residential weekend retreats in regional Australia that will fast-track the processes of deep immersion, self-reflection in nature, and collaborative learning. The key skills you develop throughout these workshops are leadership, media and effective communication.

  • Week 2-13: Online workshops and project meetings

    The online learning component commences with Leadership Rewired where you will engage in collaborative rapid-prototyping activities, peer-to-peer and three facilitated online workshops and coaching.

  • Week 14: Retreat two

    Participants learning is tied together in the final weekend retreat in regional Australia.

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Our facilitators are highly skilled in guiding our participants to the top of the leadership mountain.


Sandi Middleton

Program Manager and Facilitator, Regional Environmental Leaders Program 

Sandi is a professional and creative facilitator, coach and program manager with a Bachelor in Science and over 10 years experience working in government, community and private sectors. She has extensive experience in leadership training, collaborative facilitation, adult education, individual and group coaching of all levels of government and community sectors, program management, and strategic planning. She is skilled in building capacity in emerging leaders, stakeholders consultation and relationship management, innovative program design and implementation, organising events and workshops and writing reports.


Our guest speakers are experts in their fields, providing participants with access to crucial knowledge and networks.

Who are we looking for?

We look for applicants who have the potential to influence change in a variety of ways, and intentionally recruit for a wide cross section of skills and experience.

We encourage a high degree of diversity of professional backgrounds, industry insights, learning styles, and personality types.

We look for individuals who are early to mid career in any field, though there is no age limit.


The program’s full cost is approximately $5,000 per participant, which is subsidised by our generous and in-kind support.

Fee does not include travel costs. Concession fee applies to full time students, those not currently working, or experiencing financial hardship, to be discussed with CSL upon interview.

Please read the Participant Fees, Refunds and Cancellation Policy.

Fee Type Cost
Full Fee $3500 + GST
Concession Fee $3250 + GST

Frequently asked questions

Many people have questions. We frequently have answers.

What are the conditions for eligibility?

You must live in the program’s host region and be available for all Program weekend retreats and online workshops.

How much time am I expected to commit per week?

6-8 hours including online workshops.

What digital requirements must I have to complete this program?

Basic computer skills, reliable computer with up-to-date web and video browsing software, computer web camera and microphone, Microsoft Office suite (or equivalent) and access to reliable internet connection, suitable for streaming video.

Interested in the Rural Environmental Leaders Program then let us know

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