Journey leads Luke through Kimberley | Video

LEARNING TO LEAD: The Department of Primary Industries' Luke Gaynor has returned from the first leg of his leadership journey. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly
LEARNING TO LEAD: The Department of Primary Industries' Luke Gaynor has returned from the first leg of his leadership journey. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

Swimming in crocodile-infested creeks, overnight treks through deep gorges past waterfalls, canyons and underground caves; this is where leaders are born. 

Luke Gaynor is one of three Wagga workers taking part in the Australian Rural Leadership Program. 

“They took all our money, wallets our phones and basically disconnected us from the rest of the world,” he said. 

With six others, a map and $210 for fuel and food, he embarked on an amazing race style challenge over two-weeks across the Kimberley earlier this month. 

“Everyone has a different role each day, you get feedback and the trust within the group becomes quite strong,” he said.

“You learn where your strengths and weaknesses are by watching other people.” 

Luke was sponsored by the DPI to participate, where he leads the dryland cropping unit. 

He’s brought home new techniques to get the best from his staff.

“It’s not so much about me but I’ve learnt little things that can help people become better workers.“