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An increase in delegates at the Women’s Council regional meeting over the weekend was yet another positive step towards achieving the Party’s gender equality targets. Chair Claire Coulton and Vice-Chair and Young Nationals Chair Jessica Price-Purnell also launched a new mentoring program, which will allow budding female politicos an opportunity to foster relationships with our most senior Party women.

The weekend provided the perfect platform for Nats women across the state to get together and chat about the issues close to them, as well as hear from the likes of our Minister for Early Childhood Education and Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams, Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey, and Parliamentary Secretaries Bronnie Taylor and Sarah Mitchell. Our parliamentary women spoke passionately about their portfolios, the numerous committees they sit on, as well as some of the challenges they face in a constantly evolving political landscape.

The delegates also discussed logistics for a new mentoring program, which will allow women with a keen interest in politics to harness positive relationships with our female Members of Parliament. The Annual General Meeting on Saturday afternoon was a straightforward and efficient affair, with Claire and Jess both re-elected to their respective roles. Gail Webb was appointed Vice-Chair alongside Jess, Jocellin Jansson will remain Secretary, and 2016 Candidate for Whitlam Jan Mandelson and Jemima Buckman were elected to the executive-at-large. 

Following a close to the official proceedings of the day, the annual dinner was a feast for the senses at one of Orange’s prime venues Eighteen 70. Nationals Candidate for Orange Scott Barrett showed his support by attending, as did north coast MLC Ben Franklin. 2014 RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job then spoke passionately about the evolution of her project ‘Positive Farming Footprints’ – the perfect conclusion to a stimulating event for our female cohort.  

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