Opportunity • Safety • Justice • Achievement • Community

The forum, held on Saturday 1 May at the Toora Community hall, was attended by 70 people, mostly Corner Inlet women, but some from further afield and a few men. 11 women delivered impressive and profoundly moving speeches and then we all gathered in groups to discuss and write messages to Canberra. These messages were taken to Canberra and Russell Broadbent MP delivered a 10 minute speech about the forum, now permanently recorded in Hansard - see the "messages" and "news" pages for more information.

We acknowledge we gathered on Gunaikurnai land and paid our respects to elders past and present.


3 minute speeches included:

  • Jen Young - educational leader, business owner, mother of 2

  • Kate Bland - dairy farmer, mother, wife

  • Anna Hopkins - community leader, mechanic, CFA member

  • Jo MacKenzie - mother of 4, retired ABC & SBS TV journalist

  • Jo Wainer - co-founder Prom Area Climate Action (ACF) & Watch for Wildlife, CFA member, fmr academic

  • Heather Scott - CWA General Board member and Creative Arts Committee Chairperson

  • Meg Smallwood - child protection solicitor, mother, Sth Gippsland woman

  • Alison Wilde - General Practitioner in Foster

  • Sue-Ann Harmer - affordable housing advocate

  • Louisa Vale - adult educator

  • Farhat Firdous - social inclusion advocate

In groups we discussed key messages for The Hon. Russell Broadbent MP to take to Canberra, for the National Women's Safety Summit in late July, for local action, and to follow up progress of the above.



Mayday Women's Forum
01 May 2021, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Toora Community Hall 23 Gray St, Toora VIC