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The Rural Management Challenges (RMC) are based on the successful concept of the Australasian Management Challenge. They are a development programme that provides real-life problem solving experiences and produces outcomes that translate into relevant, tangible and enduring benefits for individuals, teams and the organisation.

Councils nominate a team of four people (who may or may not have worked together before) to compete against teams within their region.  A team mentor should also be appointed by each council to assist with preparing the team.  However, on Challenge day, the team is on their own!  Additionally, it is great if councils can assist with providing observers and actors to help LGMA with the Challenge programme.

Throughout the day, the team will be given a range of tasks that simulate different business-related tasks and activities that council manages on a day-to-day basis. As some of these tasks or issues may be outside the team members’ usual role, it provides the perfect opportunity to broaden the understanding and appreciation of what council does and what other people within your council manage every day.

It also provides a perfect opportunity to develop and strengthen your team skills. This includes communication and presentation skills, influencing and negotiation skills and managing resources and time. All within a fun and highly supportive environment.

The teams are observed throughout the day on their team processes – how well they worked together, how they resolved differences of opinion, how they ensured that they kept on track and managed the tasks. The teams are also assessed on what they produce (e.g. reports, presentations etc.).

Rural Management Challenges are held in three locations during October/November annually.   

''If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you''


Fiona Cullen
Programme Facilitator 
07 3174 5004

2021 Rural Management Challenge

Southern Queensland Challenge

Hosted by  Western Downs Regional Council 

First Place: The Western Downs Experience, WDRC

Second Place: CLAW, Toowoomba Regional Council

Third Place: She-Force, Southern Downs Regional Council

Northern Queensland Challenge

Hosted by Cassowary Coast Regional Council.

First Place: Leichardt Legends, Mt Isa City Council

Second Place: Team BARC, Townsville City Council

Third Place: Coastal Crusaders, Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Central Queensland Challenge

Hosted by Central Highlands Regional Council

3 November 2021 - Emerald

Thank you Host Councils - we appreciate your support!

Thank you Mentors - love your work! 

Congratulations to all the participating teams, observers and assistants throughout the Challenges. 

2020 Rural Management Challenge

Southern Queensland RMC held on Wednesday, 21 October in Toowoomba - hosted by Toowoomba Regional Council.  


Winner: Western Downs Regional Council, Western Downs Watermelons

2nd Place: Toowoomba Regional Council, The Generator Program

3rd Place: Southern Downs Regional Council, 4-Drops

North Queensland & Central Queensland RMC combined in 2020 and held on Wednesday, 25 November in Moranbah - hosted by Isaac Regional Council. 


Joint Winners: Cassowary Coast Regional Council - Sugar Bananas & Isaac Regional Council - WISAACS

3rd Place: Mount Isa City Council - Red Desert Destroyers


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