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. 

Past Events

DateEventLocationGuest Speakers/VIPs
October 16October Business Month Event - Making ConnectionsCouncil ChambersDr Sally Isberg, 2015 NT Rural Woman of the Year
March 2017Be Bold for ChangeCouncil ChambersLia Finocchiaro MLA Member for Spillet, Karen Sheldon, Karen Sheldon Catering, Martina Matzner, Rural Industries
October 2017Speed NetworkingFree Spirit ResortHosted by former Cr Letchimi Wright
March 2018International Women's Day Event - Leave No Woman BehindFree Spirit ResortTactical Business Coach, Gae Mackay
July 2018Boosting Business Innovation in LitchfieldCouncil ChambersDean Alle - Darwin Innovation Hub, Ewa Finch - Business Innovation and Department Trade and Business
October 2018October Business Month - Territory Success StoriesCouncil ChambersHeather Brown - diCROCO, Estelle Cornell - Allora Gardens, Leah Sloan - Berry Springs Tavern
March 2019Litchfield Art Exhibition & LaunchCouncil ChambersMinister for Tourism & Culture
May 2019Free Business Tax SeminarCouncil ChambersMerit Partners
September 2019Destination Litchfield - Go Litchfield Grow LitchfieldTropical Oasis Holiday Home, Humpty DooKathy Allen - Owner Tropical Oasis, Jan Young - Coolalinga & Districts Community Bank
November 2019November Business Week - Wellness & ProsperityCouncil ChambersSimon Moss, CDU - Happiness & Mindfulness
March 2020International Women's Day EventHoward HallLaunch 2020 Litchfield Council Art Exhibition
May 2020Wine DownVia ZoomVicki Lamp - Accountant - Superannuation during COVID, Former Cr Kirsty Sayers-Hunt - COVID update and contacts
February 2021Welcome to 2021 Network DinnerHumpty Doo HotelEileen Breen, Head of Region for Many Rivers
March 2021International Women's Day Event - Business Showcase and DinnerHumpty Doo Golf ClubHost - John McNeur
June 2021Speed NetworkingHumpty Doo Village GreenUte 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.