Conversation starter: Transformation and change


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Thirty-seven Horizon scholars gathered at Lake Hume Resort for the annual Horizon Scholarship workshop in July this year. The students ranged from first to final year in their university studies, all of whom are studying agriculture-related degrees. They came from as far afield as Perth, Sunday Creek Station (300km south of Katherine) and Takone in Tasmania.

The theme of the workshop was Transformation and Change, with a secondary focus on leadership and personal development. The workshop included panel discussions from agricultural professionals, inspiring speakers, field trips, media training and public speaking opportunities.

The students debated if 3D printing has a place in agriculture and they also worked in teams to identify an area in which they would like to lead transformational change. Each session was a chance for students to learn and challenge themselves.


Sean O’Reilly (CEO Lawson Grains)

Rebecca Milliken (Group HR Coordinator DeltaAg)

Warwick Long (Rural Reporter, ABC)

Tom Robinson (CEO, Entry 29)

John Harvey (MD, AgriFutures Australia)

Sam Trethewey (GM SproutX)



Brett Barnes (Star Lane Winery)

Michelle Munro (Beechworth Honey)

Ashley Fraser (Baker Seeds)
Paul Trevethan (Trevethan Family Farm)

James Crooke (Gundowring Fine Foods)

Woolworths Logistic Centre

For the first time in 2017, only the first year scholars were involved in Day One activities of the workshop. All other scholars joined the workshop on Day Two. This was effective in developing relationships and self-confidence for the newcomers.

From each speaker and field trip, the students learnt not only about the diversity of agriculture, but also non-tangible assets such as harnessing potential, resilience, positivity and communication. Sectors of the workshop demonstrated that difficulties could force brilliance to emerge.

Since its establishment in 2010, the Horizon Scholarship program has identified and supported emerging leaders across Australia in the agricultural industry. Selected university students have the desire and commitment to make a greater contribution to rural industries and communities.

Applications for the 2018 Horizon Scholarship program open in early 2018.


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