Page 891 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 18 March 2015

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Feminartsy, a space which explores gender through personal stories and creativity. Zoya came to Australia at the age of three and has had cultural challenges in her own life, but she and her family are proud to have overcome these and set out on their own path.

Joanna Allebone is referred to as “The communicator”. Many will know Joanna through her role as a director of corporate relations and communications at the YWCA of Canberra. As Joanna herself says, she is working towards a “world where reconciliation, justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment are promoted and sustained through women’s leadership”. In this role, Jo dreams of “telling important community stories, and making the world a better place” to live as well as benefiting women in her own backyard.

Tegan McAuley and Belinda Neame, referred to as “The marketers”, are from the well-known marketers Hustle and Scout and the Forage. Tegan and Belinda found that there was a lack of opportunities for the creative community in Canberra. Instead of despairing about that, they set up their own markets. They originally established the Forage and Hustle and Scout in New Acton, but very quickly grew out of those digs and then moved to the Fairbairn precinct. In 2015 they are going to bring new initiatives and a new location for the Forage and Hustle and Scout.

Louisa De Smet is referred to as “The trailblazer”. Louisa, as a fashion design student, was showcased in Sydney fashion week, a huge achievement, and since then has been one of the stalwarts of the Canberra fashion industry. As Magazine quotes:

Her love of design inspires her to create pieces that are not “mere garments” but “wearable, functional sculptures for the human form”.

On Friday, Louisa and her business partner, Steven, launched a new fashion design showcase in conjunction with one of the oldest German furniture manufacturers, Walter Knoll, at Designcraft in Hume.

Sally Moylan is described as “The wild child” but is perhaps more widely known as a fantastic cricketer for the ACT Meteors. She had a childhood dream of becoming a wildlife warrior and was recently recognised as the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the year at the ACT Training Excellence Awards for her studies in horticulture, conservation and land management. She juggles full-time work, study and national cricket; for a 26-year-old, that is no mean feat. One of the things that Sally said to me when I met her last week was, “If just one per cent of the budget that goes to paying our male cricketing national players went to the women’s national team, they would be able to afford to play cricket full time.” That is quite an interesting statistic.

Heidi Stratford, a public servant, is referred to as “The advocate”. Heidi’s role behind the scenes in promoting brand Canberra is vital. She is passionate about Canberra and believes that Canberra’s secret weapon is a passion and belief in itself. She has the title of the world’s coolest capital in her sights, as does this government, and she is looking forward to capturing that title from our near neighbour Wellington.

I look forward to telling the chamber more about these women tomorrow.

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