Read about what's happening with Women in Business and Regional Development across The Green Triangle Region.

Women in Business and Regional Development


June 2015

The momentum is really building within our network which is exactly what we planned as a new board. We have had another two major events – Invest for Success evening at The Main and our Empowering Women in Business breakfast at the Commodore. Both events had over 50 people in attendance and were a great success.
Our key priority moving forward is finalizing everything for our IWA on August 14th. Have you booked your table ? We have such an incredible evening planned and would love you to join us.
Finally the strength of WIBRD is you, our valuable members and our ability to empower all women though training, networking and supporting professional women including small business owners, career professionals, up and coming business women and entrepreneurs. We welcome and encourage all to attend our events and bring along guests.

Di Ind, Chairman WIBRD

Congratulations to all the wonderful women that have been nominated for the 2015 WIBRD Influential Women in Business Awards. The calibre of entrants this year has been truly exceptional and we are proud to have such an empowering & influential group of women in our community. This year there have been over 75 nominations of talented and inspiring women from the Green Triangle Area and we cannot wait to share their achievements with you.

Hosted by Selena Green, the night includes a gourmet two-course meal from the award winning Barn Palais, an inspirational talk from Katrina Webb, Paralympian & entertainment by DJ Brett Mashado.

DATE Friday 14 August 2015, 6:00pm
PLACE The Barn Palais Nelson Road, OB Flat
COST $75 + booking fee for WIBRD members / member partner
$80 + booking fee for non-members
10% discount on table bookings of 10. Contact to purchase a table.
DRESS Cocktail
Free drink on arrival. Drinks available from bar.

Click Here for
Tickets not available at the door.

WIBRD Events Coming Up
PET Vet & PET Stock Business Insight & Christmas in July @ Cafe Metro.
Put on your Zorba dancing shoes for a plate smashing Christmas in July, with fabulous food, great company for a night of fun & laughter. Join us for a business insight session with PETstock & PETvet at their premises followed by our Christmas in July event @ Metro.
Where:  6pm at PET Stock & PET Vet, 117 Commercial Street West & 7pm at Café Metro, 2-32 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier.
When: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
Cost: $35 WIBRD members & $40 for non-members
Food: Gourmet Christmas Dinner supplied by Café Metro
Drinks:  Available to purchase from the Bar.


Toastmasters Full Day Professional Communication Workshop
Due to popular demand and member feedback from the successful April Toastmasters training seminar, WIBRD will be hosting an Intensive Full Day Toastmasters Professional Communication Workshop. The workshop will feature 6 experienced Toastmasters from all over Australia presenting on effective communication, presenting and leading the day is not to be missed.
Where:  TBC Mount Gambier
When: Saturday the 18th July
Time: 9am to 4pm
Cost: TBC
Seats will be limited.
Details are being finalised for the event now and members will be notified as soon as the are determined.

2015 Influential Women in Business Awards Gala Dinner
Hosted by Selena Green, the night includes a gourmet two-course meal from the award winning Barn Palais, an inspirational talk from Katrina Webb, Paralympian & entertainment by DJ Brett Mashado.

Where:  from 6pm at the Barn Palais
When: Friday 14th August
Discounts available on tables of 10
Further details above or at below link


Empowering Women in Business Networking Breakfast Series
The July & August breakfasts are postponed due to our other events being held.
Save the Date-
  • Thursday 18th September— Details TBC
  • Thursday 22nd October— Details TBC
  • Thursday 19th November – Details TBC

Invest for Success Networking Event @ The Main Corner
What a brilliant turn out and fantastic evening for our tonight Invest for Success networking event on Wednesday June 3rd at the Main Corner, Mount Gambier.
We would like to thank Bronwyn from Blue Lake Homes, Marika from Complete Real Estate, Cheryl from ANZ Mount Gambier and Megan from Sinclair Wilson for being our panelists on the night. You were all outstanding.
A special mention to our Portland members for travelling over to the event. We love seeing
you at all the events, and we truly appreciate your support of our network.
Thank you to the Mount Gambier City Council for the venue and to Presto by The Main for the outstanding catering!

June Empowering Women in Business Networking Breakfast
We had an absolutely fantastic turnout at our June Empowering Women in Business Breakfast. It is so exciting to see so many women supporting each other in business‬ and learning the skills of professionally networking! We absolutely loved hearing from Toni Vorenas owner of Metro Bakery & Cafe and past winner of the WIBRD Influential Women in Business Awards, she inspired us all with her amazing speech.
We are having a break from the breakfasts for the next two months as we focus on the IWA awards and our Christmas in July event. The breakfasts will resume in September. 

New Member In Focus- Sharon Fox from NBC Financial Planning
Introducing Sharon Fox who has joined Women in Business & Regional Development as a member in 2015. Sharon works as a Financial Adviser at NBC Financial Services in Millicent and has been working there for 8 years after completing her university study whilst bringing up her young children. Not only does she service the Millicent region but travels to Naracoorte and Penola as well as consulting in NBC’s Mount Gambier office.

Sharon specialises in  Personal Insurances, Superannuation and Retirement Planning and has recently become accredited in the Aged Care advice area. Sharon likes to spend her spare time at home with her many and varied pets and spending time with her husband and four children and their sports

Volunteering Trip of a Lifetime
WIBRD Board Member and Treasurer Ali Villani has just returned from a Head Heart Hand volunteering trip to Cambodia.
Head, Heart and Hand Holidays facilitated by Emma Hawkins and Sonia Muraca are journeys of self- discovery involving hands on voluntary work in Siem Reap
The project Ali worked on as part of a tribe of 9 people was to build a playground for a school with 400 students, this involved raising the money for the project and then building the playground.
Ali said “The trip was very challenging and rewarding, confronting and emotional and extremely humbling. It has totally changed my life and has really opened up my heart, we are truly so fortunate and I have so much gratitude for our tribe and what we achieved and for my incredibly fortunate life. I cannot wait to return in the future and be of service”.
Heart Heart Hand Holidays are doing incredible work each year and the ripple effect and expansive harmony Emma and Sonia are creating is nothing short of amazing.

Membership Fees For 2015 Due
Individual $85 inc GST and Corporate $200 inc GST (3 memberships). Payable now through Sticky Tickets CLICK HERE.

Not sure if you are a current member? Check out our website to see if you are listed.
If not, contact our Executive Officer Lydia Mules at

Welcome to our NEW members.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members from the last month.
- Helen Strickland- Strickland Solutions
- Carmel Grosvenor- Western Districts Employment Access
- Sam Fensom- Puraforce Remedies
- Lyn Harris Walker- Puraforce Remedies

Training for Members
Thank you to all that responded to our call for training ideas we received some very valuable feedback. As we are continually trying to improve and expand upon our support to you, our valuable members we will always appreciate any feedback or recommendations as to what specific training our members would like to participate in. Please email our Executive Officer Lydia Mules on with your recommendations.

Congratulations Mae!
Women in Business & Regional Development would like to wish Mae Steele every success at her new business venture ' Bennetts Corner', it is fabulous to see new businesses opening up in the area.

If you have a new business opening up, just opened or even if it is run by a fellow business women please do not hesitate to let us know as we will endeavour to champion all females in business in the Green Triangle region.


Sponsor & Members Milestones
If you or your business has an anniversary or milestone that you would like announced please do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to publish it. Contact Lydia Mules at for for information.

Nominations are now closed for the Influential Women in Business Awards and the judging process is underway. All winners will be announced at the WIBRD Influential Women in Business Awards Gala Dinner at the Barn Palais on Friday the 14th of August.

2015 Award Categories & Sponsors

BEST SMALL BUSINESS (5 and under employees)
Sponsored by AltusQ Experiential Coaching

Prize: $1,500 Business Coaching Package

BEST BUSINESS (over 5 employees)

Sponsored by Sinclair Wilson
Prize: $2,000 Business Advice & Consulting Package

YOUNG BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR (under 30 years at 31 May 2015)
Sponsored by Complete Real Estate

Prize: $1,500 Cash Prize

Sponsored by ANZ

Prize: $3,500 Half-day Mentor Session with Dr Jana Matthews

Sponsored by The City of Mount Gambier

Prize: $1,000 donation towards the winners initiative and/or organisation to encourage & support their community endeavours.

2015 WiBRD Sponsors
The Women in Business & Regional Development would like to Thank the following sponsors for coming on board in 2015. Your generosity & support is much appreciated.

Items for Newsletter
If you would like  to submit an article for inclusion in our newsletter please send to Articles will be subject to Board approval. We would also  like to hear about any good news our members would like to share. Any articles that particularly interest women are invited as well.

Sponsorship Prospectus 2015

Our 2015 sponsorship prospectus has been completed and is available in electronic form from our website.
If you are thinking of becoming a new sponsor for 2016 please contact Lydia Mules, Executive Officer at or mobile 0400 293 676.




Invest For Success @ The Main

2015 Networking Breakfasts

Toastmaster Training
On April the 22nd we hosted Toastmasters training at Caffe Belgiorno. The training was run by former Mt Gambier girl & 2015 Toastmaster of the year Fiona Stopp. The event was a great success with over 50 people in attendance.

High Tea to celebrate Wendy Richardson's 25 Years in Business

Special thanks to our major Platinum Sponsor, ANZ Bank  for making this all possible.

The 2015 WiBRD Board

Di Ind- Chairman, Judy McKay- Deputy Chairman, Ali Villani- Treasurer, Sally Beck, Fiona Hetherington, Nicole Cunningham and Tahlia Gabrielli.
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