Central Goldfields to celebrate International Women’s Day


The Central Goldfields community is invited to celebrate International Women’s Day at a free, special event at the Maryborough Town Hall on Tuesday 10 March at 6pm.

The Central Goldfields International Women’s Day Event: Progress and Equity event will feature an evening of conversation and reflection to celebrate our community’s progress with gender equity.

The event will feature inspirational keynote speaker Leigh Woodgate – The Woman from Snowy River, as she shares her triumphant story of overcoming adversity through sheer determination.

Founder and CEO Bounce, Maria Smith will host and convene a panel of local community leaders both established and emerging (joined by our Leigh Woodgate) as they discuss the 2020 theme ‘an equal world is an enabled world’.

Panel members include: Samantha Rothman – State Vice President of Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria; David Sutton – Principal Maryborough Education Centre; and Belinda McKnight – Central Goldfields Shire and Loddon Shire Council Emergency Management Coordinator and Goldfields Reservoir Parkrun Event Director.

Central Goldfields Shire Council CEO Lucy Roffey will launch Council’s Gender Equity Statement and tell the story of its inception.

Central Goldfields Zonta President Bronwen Haywood will introduce and present the 2020 Zonta Study Grant recipients, Emily King, Emma Koch, and Tegan Maddern with a Certificate of Congratulations.

Go Goldfields has invited local young women Rose McNabb and Caitlin Britten to pen and read ‘Letters to the Past and the Future’, an extension of the Go Goldfields young women in voice initiative launched at the Central Goldfields 16 Days Vigil in 2019.

The free, all ages, all access event will be co-presented by Central Goldfields Shire Council, Go Goldfields; Aspiring and Achieving and the Zonta Club of Central Goldfields and supported by Centre for Non-Violence and Municipal Association Victoria.

The event will commence at 6pm for a 6.30pm start, with informal networking and complimentary catering from 8 to 9pm. The Central Goldfields Shire Youth Hub will also open during the event for interested members of the community to explore the space.

Entry is free but bookings are required via the Eventbrite page: https://bit.ly/381h1kw

Zonta Club of Central Goldfields will have a raffle on the night with the money raised to support their Study Grant program.

The Zonta Club of Central Goldfields Study Grant program is aimed at assisting women in our local community to undertake post-secondary study. It is open to all women, those returning to study, starting study as mature age students or continuing on after secondary school.

Each grant is worth $1000 per annum for each year of the course. Since 2016 the members of ZCCG have supported 15 local women in their pursuit of further education.

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