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Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West is excited to continue the TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue in 2022 and connect ten selected Year 11 students with ten local community leaders for a unique mentoring experience.


The Central West is home to a high calibre of leaders and mentoring plays a major role in fostering the next generation of young leaders in our community.

Since its inception in 2020, the TEN4TEN Leadership Dialogue has forged new partnerships, opened doors and provided an insight into the countless opportunities that are available in regional New South Wales and more specifically – right here in the Central West.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to take part in the following:


  • Attend the program launch and dinner in early April and participate in the speed networking activity with all mentors;
  • Afternoon tea at Orange City Council Chambers with Mentor and CEO David Waddell;
  • Visit Parliament of NSW in Sydney, hosted by Mentor and Member for Orange, Phil Donato;
  • Visit Parliament of Australia in Canberra, hosted by Mentor and Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee;
  • Attend the end of program breakfast and presentation in November; and
  • Take part in additional events that will be organised throughout the duration of the program.

The program is open to Year 11 students from high schools in the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne Local Government Areas and applications open on Wednesday, 16 February and close 5pm, Wednesday, 9 March 2022. Students will be notified of the outcome of their application in Week 8 of Term One.


Students are invited to submit a written application outlining what they wish to gain from the program, their future ambitions and why they think leadership in regional communities is important in 300 words or less.

Meet the Mentors
2. Julia Andrews
Julia Andrews
Director of External Engagement at Charles Sturt University Bathurst and Orange Campuses
5. Andrew Gee
Andrew Gee
Federal Member for Calare l Minister for Defence Personnel l Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
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Michelle Pryse Jones
Business Owner l Councillor, Blayney Shire Council l Board Member, Orange360
3. Phil Donato
Phil Donato
State Member for Orange
9. Hamish Munro
Hamish Munro
Founder/Director, Pairtree
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David Waddell
CEO, Orange City Council
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Amy van de Ven
Franchisee Quest Orange
Reg Kidd
Former Mayor, Orange City Council l Deputy Chair, RDA Central West
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Jessica Hickman
Founder, Bullyology
Jack Evans
Retailer l Councillor, Orange City Council l President, Business Orange

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