The inaugural Women in Water event acknowledging gender diversity within the industry was held in Taralgon, Victoria, with over 150 women from across the water sector in attendance.

Hosted by the five Gippsland-based water corporations; Gippsland Water, East Gippsland Water, Westernport Water, South Gippsland Water and Southern Rural Water, the initiative provided a networking and learning opportunity for women and celebrated the role women play in the sector.

Attending the event was Minister for Water Lisa Neville, who outlined the Labor Government’s plan to deliver a diverse and inclusive water sector, which included increasing the number of women on all water boards.

Minister Neville said, “It was a real privilege to be part of the first industry-combined Women in Water event and it’s inspirational to see the strength and diversity in our sector.

“The event is also evidence of the industry’s work on ensuring that women are given the same opportunities as their male counterparts to be leaders in the water sector, as well as ensuring water corporations are reflective of the communities they serve.”

The event showcased a panel discussion and Q&A featuring key women leaders in the industry, an interactive presentation by author and Antarctic expedition leader Rachael Robertson, and a workshop facilitated by local communications consultant Leah Mether, who provided attendees with tools and techniques to reach their potential.

“It was a great opportunity for women within the sector to come together and have a sense of a support network in an open forum, and we’re delighted at the event’s success,” said Sarah Johnston, Manager People, Diversity and Inclusion at East Gippsland Water.

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