Hi member,

What’s happening in our network?
Our next WFTN breakfast meeting is almost here. This event will be held on 4 October in Bunbury, Western Australia at the Vat2 Restaurant from 7.30-9.30am.
The guest speaker will be this year’s WA Rural Woman’s Award winner, Danielle England. The event is sponsored by Health Care Insurance, FFTITC and the Forest Products Commission. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to diane.smith@fftitrainingcouncil.com.au
Also, we are currently investigating a series of web-based seminars or webinars. This new platform will help us bring together participants from across all sectors of the industry across Australia, in real time.
The webinars will be free and will include key speakers, presentations and discussions on a variety of topics that may be of interest and use to all of us. We will also have the capacity to record the sessions for those unable to attend. In order for this to be effective and useful for members, we would really appreciate your input – please complete a brief survey (This will only take two minutes of your time).
We’d also like to remind you that this is only our second edition of the WFTN News. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for future editions and don’t forget to mark your diaries for upcoming events and WFTN meetings! Thanks to our network sponsor Health Care Insurance for making these meetings possible.

Kind regards,

Michelle Ingley-Smith

WFTN Coordinator


WFTN QLD raises $3500 for charity
Queensland held its first WFTN Charity High Tea last month, attracting more than 50 women who were eager to connect with other women in industry and support a good cause. Through the generous support from all attendees (sponsors, prize donations, ticket sales and raffles), the event raised over $3500 for Destiny Rescue, an organisation dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and exploitation globally.

We would like to recognise the women involved in the Organising Committee, who were instrumental to the events success – (pictured from left to right) Sue-Ann Dunlop (CSR), Clarissa Brandt (Timber Queensland), Jenni Day (Versace Timber), Jacinta Colley (Simmonds Lumber) and Alicia Olkers (TABMA). Thank you for all your hard work!


WFTN goes west
More than 20 women attended Perth’s inaugural WFTN breakfast meeting, held on 22 August 2013 at the Boatshed Restaurant overlooking the Swan River.
The meeting MC was Kay Gerrard, CEO of the Food, Fibre & Timber Industries Training Council (FFTITC) and the two key note speakers were the Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich MLC, member for North Metropolitan Region, and Ms Joanne Farrell, Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment & Communities, Rio Tinto.  Ljiljanna spoke of her journey from Croatia through to her election to Parliament in 1996, and Joanne shared her 30 years experience in the mining industry and her international journey, with an interesting spell in the diamond industry.
Health Care Insurance and the FFTITC sponsored the breakfast and Diane Smith, FFTITC Project Manager, was a key driver, particularly for bringing WFTN to the west – a special thanks to you, Diane!

WFTN SA planning ahead
Regional South Australia recently held its third WFTN meeting for 2013, bringing together network women (and a few new faces) to share a delightful dinner.
Linda Maddern, local harvesting manager and resident, was the night’s speaker. She discussed her 20-year personal and professional journey in the industry, as well as some of the challenges she had to overcome as a working mum.
Following this great evening, the network has scheduled in 22 October 2013 for the next one. This meeting will bring in Sharyn Wright and Jenni Oldfield, who are leading a national Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) project. More importantly, they are hoping to hear what you think about language and literacy – be sure to get involved in this one.

Leading the way for women in forestry
This year’s RIRDC Victorian Rural Women’s Award winner, Michelle Freeman, is heading to Canberra as the VIC state finalist in the RIRDC National Rural Women’s Award!
Michelle is a member of this network and has a vision to instigate change in the culture and diversity of the forest industry – we wish her the best of luck as a contender for the prestigious national award.
The national winner will be announced in October at the RIRDC National Celebratory Dinner, to be held at Parliament House in Canberra. 
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 Be involved

1 August – 30 September 2013
Turn over a New Leaf

A number of New Leaf events will be held across Australia, showcasing the exciting careers and opportunities for aspiring forest managers.
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4 October 2013
Regional WA WFTN meeting

Couldn’t make the Perth breakfast? Then regional women in WA have another opportunity.  Health Care Insurance, FFTITC and the Forest Products Commission are hosting a network breakfast, this time in Bunbury.
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15 October 2013
Victoria WFTN Luncheon

Looking forward to the next Victorian WFTN meeting? Thanks to Health Care Insurance we are excited to announce that the date has been confirmed and it’s sooner than ever. Contact Michelle Ingley-Smith at wftn@forestworks.com.au to register your interest in attending.
15 October 2013
International Day of Rural Women

Each year, the International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honours the important role of rural women in enhancing agricultural and rural development. Celebrations and events take place in more than 100 countries around the world – be sure to get involved!
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17-18 October 2013
QLD Women In Male Dominated Occupations and Industry Conference (WIMDOI), Brisbane

WIMDOI aims to support women union members in male dominated occupations and industries and develop
organising strategies in their workplaces and industries.
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22 October 2013
Regional SA WFTN meeting

Bring a friend to dinner to hear Sharyn Wright and Jenni Oldfield, LLN specialists and tell them what your experiences are with literacy and numeracy as well as meet up with other industry women.
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1 August– 31 October 2013
Rural Woman’s Award 2014

Do you know someone who is an emerging leader in our industry? Be sure to submit your nomination before 31 October 2013.
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7-8 November 2013
SA Women In Male Dominated Occupations and Industry Conference (WIMDOI), Adelaide

WIMDOI aims to support women union members in male dominated occupations and industries and develop
organising strategies in their workplaces and industries.
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19 November 2013
CFMEU National Women’s Conference, Brisbane QLD

The CFMEU are holding their annual National Women’s Conference in November where it is expected up to 60 women delegates will come together from all over Australia to discuss and address, the direction and policy for women’s participation within their union.
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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

ForestWorks Skills Advisory Manager, South Australia

Thank you to our network host ForestWorks and our proud sponsor's Healthcare Insurance.


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