Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

PRO­FES­SIONAL women of North Queens­land in cam­ou­flage and civil­ian clothes have gath­ered for a firstof- its- kind fo­rum to dis­cuss fos­ter­ing lead­er­ship and change in the com­mu­nity.

3rd Brigade, in part­ner­ship with the Townsville Busi­ness Women’s Cir­cle yes­ter­day held the in­au­gu­ral North Queens­land De­fence Women’s Lead­er­ship Fo­rum, which drew al­most 200 peo­ple. In­flu­en­tial women in the Aus­tralian Army, in­clud­ing Ma­jor Gen­eral Kathryn Toohey, and com­mu­nity lead­ers in­clud­ing Mayor Jenny Hill and TEL CEO Pa­trica O’Cal­laghan were in­vited to speak and to share knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences.

The fo­rum also ac­knowl­edged the con­tri­bu­tion of women in the North Queens­land com­mu­nity and fur­ther en­hanced the pro­fes­sional re­la­tion- ship be­tween De­fence and the com­mu­nity.

The fo­rum’s over­ar­ch­ing theme is “lead­er­ship, change and in­no­va­tion”.

3rd Brigade Com­man­der Bri­gadier Chris Field, a driv­ing force be­hind the fo­rum, said the in­ten­tion of the event was to fos­ter the per­sonal and pro­fes­sional po­ten­tial of women liv­ing and work­ing in the North.

Townsville Busi­ness Women’s Cir- cle pres­i­dent Joanna Mur­ray said she hoped this year’s event could lead to an an­nual fo­rum.

“We wanted to look at how we could walk to­gether to de­crease bar­ri­ers for women in the work­force, not just in the de­fence com­mu­nity but also civil­ian, and work to­gether to bring in change and op­por­tu­ni­ties for lead­er­ship and men­tor­ing,” she said.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

STAND­ING TO­GETHER: Ma­jor Gen­eral Kathryn Toohey with Townsville Busi­ness Women's Cir­cle pres­i­dent Joanna Mur­ray and Ma­jor Tracy Al­li­son.

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