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2024 Event Information

Southern Queensland, 9 October 2024
Host Maranoa Regional Council, Roma | Event Information

Register for the Southern Queensland Challenge

North Queensland, 23 October 2024
Host Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Ingham | Event Information

Register for the North Queensland Challenge

Central Queensland, 13 November 2024
Host Barcaldine Regional Council, Barcaldine | Event Information

Register for the Central Queensland Challenge

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. 


Fiona Cullen
Programme Facilitator 
07 3174 5006

2023 Rural Management Challenge

Southern Queensland Challenge

Hosted by Balonne Shire Council

1st Teamero Uno, Western Downs Regional Council

2nd Red Dirt Renegades, Quilpie Shire Council

3rd Scenic Sojourners, Scenic Rim Regional Council

North Queensland Challenge

Hosted by Charters Towers Regional Council

1st Cyclonic Collaboration Rewards with Confidence, Cassowary Coast Regional Council

2nd Guardians of the Gold Fields, Charters Towers Regional Council

3rd Towers Gold Diggers, Charters Towers Regional Council

Central Queensland Challenge

Hosted by Livingstone Shire Council

Joint 1st Rocky Innovators, Rockhampton Regional Council

Joint 1st Four the People, Livingstone Shire Council

2rd Isaac Innovators, Isaac Regional Council

2022 Rural Management Challenge

Southern Queensland Challenge

Hosted by South Burnett Regional Council

1st Bunya MVPs, South Burnett Regional Council

2nd Good Grades, Southern Downs Regional Council

3rd Bright Sparks, Western Downs Regional Council

North Queensland Challenge

Hosted by Mount Isa City Council

1st Team Veela, Mount Isa City Council

Central Queensland Challenge

Hosted by Rockhampton Regional Council

1st Highland Gems, Central Highlands Regional Council

2nd The Living Stones, Livingstone Shire Council

3rd Cap Coast Cohort, Livingstone Shire Council

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. 


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