The program will routinely collect the opinions and experiences of RRR Network members in 2021 to inform a core group of women and key decision-makers.
CEO Kendall Galbraith said, “it will not be a program that relies on the opinions of one isolated group of women, but a collective and inclusive process that ensures opinions on the ground are communicated right to the very top.”
Kendall also stated that it is an issued based program to influence and affect real change for rural regional and remote (RRR) Western Australia, driven by women.
From 1996 to 2016 the RRR network was a reference group which provided advice to the minister of regional development and the minister for agriculture. In 2017 the RRR network became incorporated and stepped out of government. Since then, the communicating of RRR issues have occurred by other means.
However, Kendall felt there was missed opportunity and a gap that the reference group once filled, and it was time to resurrect the program but in a new and revitalised way.
This time the program will be facilitated solely by the RRR network, and it is open to anyone to participate. The program hopes to improve understanding of WA regions through the eyes of women and to create a structured and organised conduit for the communication of issues impacting regional communities to various stakeholders, including government.
Minister MacTiernan was also in attendance at the announcement and spoke highly of how valuable she believes the program will be.
The RRR network is excited to get back to one of its original purposes and support positive change for women living in rural, regional and remote areas of Western Australia. The RRR network would like all RRR women to consider this program in their 2021 schedule.
Proposed topics for the roundtables include:
- STATE ELECTION DEBRIEF: IS W.A. GETTING ITS FAIR SHARE?
- W.A. TOURISM: CAN THE REGIONS COPE WITH INCREASED DEMAND?
- BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL WA: ARE REGIONAL COMMUNITIES ATTRACTING YOUNG PEOPLE?
- ACCESS TO AGED AND CHILDCARE FACILITIES: WHAT IS THE REGIONAL EXPERIENCE?
- REGIONAL DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY: HOW CAN REGIONAL W.A. ACHIEVE DIGITAL EQUALITY?
For more information on the roundtable: EXECUTIVE WOMEN PROGRAM FLYER