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Hi member,

Welcome to the latest snapshot of the Women in Forest and Timber Network.

Ensuring women in our industry are connected and supported has always had a place within the philosophy of the network. Due to the nature of the work in our industry, many women are based regionally, making it hard for them to connect with others. We want to reach as many woman as possible, so please feel free to forward this newsletter on and spread the word about WFTN – that there is a national network specifically for women in our industry and their views and feedback are welcomed and encouraged.

Promoting and lifting the profile of women in our industry is a key focus of the network going forward. We know there are women in the industry performing many diverse roles and we want to be able to promote and profile women members, to raise our visibility within the industry and beyond. 

We would love to hear your stories and ideas so please do not hesitate to contact us.


Regards,
Michelle Ingley-Smith
WFTN Coordinator

 

 News


Work, Family Balance Strategies for Success

Achieving work, life and family balance can be such a challenge in today’s busy world.

An information sheet is now available which includes a range of potential strategies and options for flexible working arrangements that can be used in workplaces.

It also provides further information about the benefits of work, life balance and the laws that exist to protect family responsibilities.

The information sheet was developed following two recent WFTN meetings where participants discussed the various work, life balance strategies available to women in the forest and wood products industry.

Meetings were hosted by the Food, Fibre Timber Industry Training Council who facilitated round table discussions on work, life, family responsibilities through guest speaker Diana MacTiernan, Manager Community Education and Training at the Equal Opportunity Commission.

Health Care Insurance Awarded Best Large Business at Local Awards

What a month for WFTN’s sponsor, Health Care Insurance (HCI) who have received another award for their excellent service.

HCI have just won The Advocate Best Large Business Award at Burnie City Council’s Excellence in Service Awards.

This is the third award for HCI in the past month, having just recently been rated in the top 5 nationally for value by smart investor magazine, and rated number 3 overall in HIRMAA’s national membership satisfaction survey.
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Recognition and Congratulations to SA Green Triangle Women
 

Nominations for the Women in Business and Regional Development Influential Women in Business Award have now closed and we are pleased to report that four women from our industry have been nominated.

Congratulations and the best of luck goes to the following women, who are all in the running to win the Business Women of the Year award:
  • Tammy Whitehead – Glenara Transport
     
  • Patricia Merrett – Merrett Logging
     
  • Wendy Fennell – Fennell Forestry
     
  • Emma-Kate Thorpe – Forestry SA
     
Tammy, Patricia and Wendy are also nominated for the Best Business award.

Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner on 14 August 2015. We look forward to sharing the news in our next update.

For more details and information, please visit the Women in Business and Regional Development website.

 
More information

Research supports Diversity is key
 

Companies with gender diversity deliver 7% higher returns for shareholders, new research has found.
 
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 Contact us

If you would like more information, or you are interested in joining the Women in Forests and Timber Network, please contact: 

Michelle Ingley-Smith
WFTN Coordinator

  www.forestworks.com.au/wftn 
  wftn@forestworks.com.au 
  1800 177 001

  WomenInForestsAndTimberNetwork
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Thank you to our network host ForestWorks and our sponsor Healthcare Insurance.

        


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