The Litchfield Council Municipal 2016/17 Annual Service Delivery and Staff Plan made reference to “an opportunity to develop a women’s Business Network to share ideas and foster growth and professional development”.
In October 2016, the Council participated in the October Business Month by hosting an event “Making Connections”. This event was a success and one of the key goals was to establish an ongoing support network and those in attendance conveyed their enthusiasm to establish a local chapter.
In February 2017, the Council established the Litchfield Women in Business Network Committee and appointed the Mayor, Councillors Wright and Osborn and seven community members to form the committee:
• Sally Clayton
• Belinda Shaw
• Debbie Selter
• Sally Isberg
• Denise Goodfellow
• Vicki Lamp
• Kaye Forrester
In December 2018, the Council appointed the following community members for a further two-year term commencing February 2019:
• Belinda Shaw, Selter Shaw Plumbing
• Debra Selter, Selter Shaw Plumbing
• Vicky Lamp, Bridges Finance
• Elaine Mills, Elaine Mills Property Management
• Nicky Clark, Darwin Laundries
• Judith Davidson, Davidson Legal
• Rana Everett, Everetts Corrosion
In April 2021, the Council acknowledges the nine expression of interests and appointed the following community members:
• Beckie Kernich
• Nicky Clark
• Tanya Izod
• Cecilia Coleman
• Elaine Mills
• Lauren Johnson
• Rana Everett
• Ute Coyne-Pollig
In September 2021, the Council amended the Terms of Reference to the meetings being chaired by an endorsed member of Council.
The full Council was also appointed to the Committee and appointed Cr Emma Sharp as Chair.
The objectives of the Committee are:
Assisting with the planning and staging of events and contribute ideas to achieving the goals and purpose of the Litchfield Women in Business Network
The purpose of the Litchfield Women in Business Network is to provide opportunities to collectively share ideas, resources and contacts to support women in business.
The Women in Business Network will assist women make connections, promote their business and gain new skills through sharing of experiences and learnings.
|October 16||October Business Month Event - Making Connections||Council Chambers||Dr Sally Isberg, 2015 NT Rural Woman of the Year|
|March 2017||Be Bold for Change||Council Chambers||Lia Finocchiaro MLA Member for Spillet, Karen Sheldon, Karen Sheldon Catering, Martina Matzner, Rural Industries|
|October 2017||Speed Networking||Free Spirit Resort||Hosted by former Cr Letchimi Wright|
|March 2018||International Women's Day Event - Leave No Woman Behind||Free Spirit Resort||Tactical Business Coach, Gae Mackay|
|July 2018||Boosting Business Innovation in Litchfield||Council Chambers||Dean Alle - Darwin Innovation Hub, Ewa Finch - Business Innovation and Department Trade and Business|
|October 2018||October Business Month - Territory Success Stories||Council Chambers||Heather Brown - diCROCO, Estelle Cornell - Allora Gardens, Leah Sloan - Berry Springs Tavern|
|March 2019||Litchfield Art Exhibition & Launch||Council Chambers||Minister for Tourism & Culture|
|May 2019||Free Business Tax Seminar||Council Chambers||Merit Partners|
|September 2019||Destination Litchfield - Go Litchfield Grow Litchfield||Tropical Oasis Holiday Home, Humpty Doo||Kathy Allen - Owner Tropical Oasis, Jan Young - Coolalinga & Districts Community Bank|
|November 2019||November Business Week - Wellness & Prosperity||Council Chambers||Simon Moss, CDU - Happiness & Mindfulness|
|March 2020||International Women's Day Event||Howard Hall||Launch 2020 Litchfield Council Art Exhibition|
|May 2020||Wine Down||Via Zoom||Vicki Lamp - Accountant - Superannuation during COVID, Former Cr Kirsty Sayers-Hunt - COVID update and contacts|
|February 2021||Welcome to 2021 Network Dinner||Humpty Doo Hotel||Eileen Breen, Head of Region for Many Rivers|
|March 2021||International Women's Day Event - Business Showcase and Dinner||Humpty Doo Golf Club||Host - John McNeur|
|June 2021||Speed Networking||Humpty Doo Village Green||Ute Coyne and Rana Everett (Committee Members)|
In March 2018 monthly informal morning teas commenced for the first Tuesday of every month, venues in around Litchfield varied.