Opportunity • Safety • Justice • Achievement • Community

May Day is a celebration and this forum celebrated rural women. Mayday is also an emergency call and the forum highlighted issues and concerns of women relating to safety, justice and opportunity. The Hon. Russell Broadbent MP accepted our invitation to attend and listen. He agreed to take our key messages back to his colleagues in Canberra.

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.



01 May, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Toora Community Hall 23 Gray St, Toora VIC