Winemakers of Rutherglen chairwoman Belinda Chambers is about to set off on a prestigious rural leadership program to be held across Australia and Indonesia.
Mrs Chambers, who runs Lake Moodemere Estate with her husband Michael, leaves for Darwin on July 14 where the program starts, before setting out for a four-day hike in the remote Kimberley in Western Australia.
The 24th Australian Rural Leadership Program involves 33 leaders from diverse industries and communities for a 15-month program.
“I don’t know what to expect from this first immersion in the program,” she said before leaving for the program.
“It’s going to be challenging, both physically and intellectually.
“I’ve always been willing to contribute to community and industry so I’m eager to embrace this next step in my personal development and discover where it leads.”
Wine Australia contributed $55,000 for Mrs Chambers to participate.
“Wine Australia has demonstrated a belief in my ability to make an effective contribution to the Australian wine industry,” Mrs Chambers said.
“Through their significant investment they have also acknowledged the importance of Rutherglen in the national wine landscape.”
Member for Indi Cathy McGowan, who is a past graduate of the ARLP, introduced Mrs Chambers to the program.
“The position of Chairperson of the Winemakers of Rutherglen can be challenging,” Mrs Chambers said.
“One of my mentors is Cathy McGowan and when Cathy suggested I apply I wasn’t sure, but Cathy said to me “think of all you have achieved in the last 10 years, then imagine all you have yet to achieve in the next 10 years”.
“She gave me the courage and belief I needed to take on the challenge.”
Mrs Chamber’s journey through the ARLP can be followed on her blog at https://www.moodemerewines.com.au/blog later this month.