During the 2016 October Business Month Litchfield Mayor hosted an event 'Making Connections - Introducing the Litchfield Local Women in Business Network'.
The event was held in the Council Chambers on Monday 11 October 2016 with 24 women in business attending.
Guest speaker, Dr Sally Isberg, 2015 NT Rural Woman of the Year for research on crocodiles, provided an inspiring speech about her achievements, challenges and progression through her career. Guest of Honour 2016 Citizen of the Year Ms Margaret Moore was also present.
Making Connections was a first for Litchfield and a unique opportunity for local women in business to come together to:
- Share experiences
- Provide peer-to-peer support
- Inspire and learn from each other as specialists
- Identify opportunity to collaborate
- Identify local suppliers; and
- Develop professionally and personally
One of the key goals was to establish an ongoing support network and those in attendance conveyed their enthusiasm to establish a local chapter.
Be Bold For Change
In conjunction with International Women's Day 2017 the Litchfield Women's Business Network Steering Committee held a function themed Be Bold For Change on Monday, 20 March 2017.
Hosted by Mayor Maree Bredhauer approximately 30 guests enjoyed refreshments and an inspiring panel of fabulous, bold and brave Territory Women:
Lia Finocchiaro MLA Member for Spillet
Karen Sheldon from Karen Sheldon Training & Development
Martina Matzner Rural Industries R&D Corp Rural Women's Award winner
Morning Tea Under the Mango Tree
Litchfield Women in Business Network held an event at Crazy Acres Mango Farm & Cafe on Sunday, 25 June 2017.
The venue was a perfect location to get together, enjoy locally made refreshments, relax under the mango tree and appreciate the lovely surroundings.
Karen Dean, owner/operator of Crazy Acres Mango Farm & Cafe welcomed everyone to this lovely property and told her story how her and her husband established the 25 acre family farm in Berry Springs.
This was a fabulous opportunity to network. Past events have attracted various business women who often share their network success stories with each other.
Speed networking proved to be a great success as approximately 40 women shared their businesses with each other at the first anniversary of the Litchfield Women in Business Network on Monday, 9 October 2017.
Litchfield Council Mayor Maree Bredhauer said the October Business Month event was a new experience for the Women in Business Network and provided a fun and effective way for women to share their businesses with each other.
“The Women in Business Network is growing into a strong and supportive group for Litchfield women in business with 100 registered members. The Network continues to succeed through meaningful networking opportunities, supporting connections to share new ideas and raising awareness of our members” the Mayor said.
Venture Housing Company Executive Housing Manager Alana Kanafa thanked Council for organising such a lovely event.
“I had a great time connecting with like-minded women in business from all over the Territory” Alana said.
Leave No Woman Behind
Approximately 30 business women celebrated International Women’s Day 2018 with an interactive session about mentoring with Tactical Business Coach Gae McKay at the Litchfield Women in Business Network event on Thursday 8 March 2018.
Litchfield Council Mayor Maree Bredhauer said the evening was invigorating and provide women with sound information to be a mentor or mentoree.
“The evening fulfilled our network objectives by providing local business women with a support network and new and interesting ways to enhance their business” the Mayor said.
Gae McKay is an experienced life coach and performance development professional and provided information on the role of mentoring in improving business and personal performance, what being a mentor/mentoree really means and clarifying your strengths and capacity.
The networking and inspirational guest speakers at the Litchfield Women in Business Network events continue to encourage local business women and provide them with ongoing support, idea exchanging opportunities and an enjoyable way to create valuable new contacts and clients for their businesses.
Boosting Business Innovation in Litchfield
On Monday, 9 July 2018 the Council hosted this event giving Litchfield Business women access to organisations to benefit and build their business to create a stronger local communities and stimulate economic growth.
Guest speakers included Dean Alle - Darwin Innovation Hub and Ewa Finch - Business Innovation Department of Trade Business and Innovation and Vanessa Carusi, Senior Small Business Champion Northern Region Business Innovation Department of Trade Business and Innovation.
All three presentations were very well received and beneficial to local business.
Territory Success Stories - October Business Month 2018
Guests were captivated, listening to inspirational journeys of success by Territorian women in business on Monday night at Litchfield Council’s Women in Business Network event as part of the 2018 October Business Month.
Guest speakers Heather Brown from di CROCO Boutique, Estelle Cornell from Allora Gardens and Leah Sloan from Berry Springs Tavern, along with master of ceremonies ABC journalist Kristy O’Brien, provided the sold-out event with honest encounters of how they became our very own Territory Success Stories.
Litchfield Council Mayor Maree Bredhauer said the evening was rich with inspiration, ideas and networking.
“The Litchfield Women in Business Network events have become a beneficial tool for women in Litchfield, providing them with unique opportunities to help with the growth of their businesses and networking with other likeminded rural business women”
“It’s great to be part of the October Business Month for the third year in a row and to have a sell-out event just proves the worth that the Litchfield Women in Business Network has developed” the Mayor said.
Plans are underway for the March event that celebrates International Women’s Day.
Local Art shines in Litchfield celebrating 2019 International Womens Day
Over 130 people visited the Women in Litchfield Art Exhibition held on the weekend 9/10 March in celebration of International Women’s Day.
Visitors had the task of voting for the Viewer’s Choice Award from the 42 art pieces with up and coming talent Beth Graham taking out the $200 prize for her artwork A Natural Balance.
Litchfield Council Mayor Maree Bredhauer said the range and diversity of art mediums was truly amazing and certainly showcased what we have to offer in the Litchfield region.
“It was a great weekend celebration for artists and community, kicked off on Friday night with a launch and exhibition opening by the Minister for Tourism and Culture, the Hon. Lauren Moss.” the Mayor said.
A raffle held over the weekend of art supplies with all proceeds going to the ‘No More Campaign’, a total of $147.
The Women in Litchfield Art Exhibition was an initiative of Council’s Litchfield Women in Business Network. The Network hold three events throughout the year assisting women to make connections, promote their business and gain new skills through sharing of experiences and learnings.
Destination Litchfield - Go Litchfield Grown Litchfield
Set in the beautiful location of Tropical Oasis Holiday home in Humpty Doo over 40 Litchfield women in business gathered to 'Build their Business and Share the Tourism Story on Monday 16 September 2019.
Tropical Oasis Holiday Home is a rural retreat located on 5 acres. In 2017 the Humpty Doo couple Adam Ryan and Kathy Allen featured on the popular TV show Instant Hotel showcasing the resort style living in a large, tropical, modern design home.
The aim of the event was to provide nework opportunities between local business women and help build the local business market. The focus was to connect local businesses with the tourism agencies and support and develop the industry.
Guest speakers include Kathy Allen, Owner Tropical Oasis and Jan Young, Chairperson Coolalinga & Districts Community Bank