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14th June, 2017

Belinda Chambers, Chairperson of the Winemakers of Rutherglen and Company Director of Lake Moodemere Estate, has been selected to undertake the iconic Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP).  Belinda joins thirty-three leaders from diverse industries, communities and backgrounds all of whom underwent a rigorous selection process to be chosen for Course 24 of the ARLP.


The ARLP is a 15 month leadership program which takes place across Australia and Indonesia.  Belinda commences the 24th course in Darwin in July, before travelling to the remote Kimberley for an experiential component of the program.  “I don’t know what to expect from this first immersion in 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”.


The opportunity has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of Wine Australia who has provided $55,000 for Belinda to undertake the program.  Belinda was excited to receive the scholarship but not surprised that a recipient from the historic wine region of Rutherglen was selected. “Wine Australia have demonstrated a belief in my ability to make an effective contribution to the Australian wine industry.  Through their significant investment they have also acknowledged the importance of Rutherglen in the National wine landscape.”


Cathy McGowan, who is a past graduate of the ARLP, introduced Belinda to the program.  “The position of Chairperson of the Winemakers of Rutherglen can be challenging.  One of my mentors is Cathy McGowan.  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.”


Belinda and her husband, sixth generation wine producer, Michael Chambers, are the company directors of Lake Moodemere Estate in Rutherglen.  “Without Michael’s support I couldn’t consider a commitment of this magnitude.  Our partnership of over 30 years is the foundation of everything we have achieved together.  He’ll be essential to the success of my participation in the 24th course of the ARLP.


Belinda’s journey through the ARLP can be followed on her blog.