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A regional symposium, consisting of two one day events to support women in the NRM, Landcare and Environmental sector will take place in the Great Southern and Lower South West during September and October.

The symposium leverages the outreach of the WELA – Women in Environmental Leadership Action Leadership Program that took place in Victoria 2016 and 2017. The program included participants from most states and diverse backgrounds in the sector.

It is hoped that bringing this experience to the region will be of great benefit to begin to support and mobilise women in leadership roles in the Great Southern and South West. Events will be hosted in Katanning and Manjimup and aim to attract women in the surrounding areas and catchments. (For more information click here.)

Dr Louise Duxbury will be a key speaker and co-facilitator at the event. Dr Duxbury, a WELA facilitator, Founder of Green Skills Inc, and long term resident of the Great Southern brings almost four decades of experience, insight and passion in the environmental sector.

Dawn Atkin, Symposium Coordinator said “We hope this first symposium series will seed the path for more leadership development and networking opportunities for women in the sector and across the region. Our aim is to strengthen development of resources and pathways and mentoring opportunities for the future.”

The one day leadership events that make up the symposium will each include two speakers, opportunities for women to share their experiences, connecting and leadership skills development. All participants will also have access to a one to one mentoring opportunity after the event to support their ongoing development.

This symposium has been made possible by The StateNRM Community Capabilities Grants Program and the Department of Local Government and Communities Grants for Women Program.

For more information or to register your interest please contact Dawn Atkin (08) 9848 3310 or [email protected]