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