SALT TRADESWOMEN AUSTRALIA CONFERENCE 2016
Supporting & Linking Tradeswomen (SALT)
Was a fantastic event held in August at the
Wollongong Town Hall
Cocktail Event & Exhibition Launch
The event was open to women, men, students, apprentices and allied industries
This was a unique opportunity to meet other tradeswomen, apprentices, policy makers, companies, suppliers and organisations that all have the same purpose; to support women in trades.
SCWIB was very proud to be a supporter & sponsor
Thursday night saw the launch of the conference and exhibition by the
NSW Minister for Women the Hon Pru Goward.
& Welcome by the Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery
The exhibitio showcased 100 years of tradeswomen’s history and honoured the work of the women who worked in trades during the Second World War with honouree presentations to a small number of women and their families were made to acknowledge the work done by over 40,000 women during that time. The exhibition also showcased the women and their trade work from early times to current.
During the conference we heard from the following speakers:
Brigitte Muir OAM – the first Australian woman to climb Mount Everest and the first Australian, male or female, to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Her nine year quest gives her a unique insight on achieving long term goals.
Narelle Hooper – a corporate advisor and director of The Ethics Centre and the Tasmanian Development Board, amongst other equally prestigious positions:
Fi Shewring, who, working in a non-traditional trade, encouraged other women to assess their career options and then in 2009 started SALT. She has become an ambassador for change, shifting perceptions and attitudes to the roles women play in communities:
Rebecca Mair as an electrician has teamed up with Clipsal Schneider as their Brand Ambassador after seeing the need for more women in DIY TV programs. She produced a YouTube video entitles “A Brighter View with Bec Sparky” and was awarded NAWIC Tradeswoman of the year in 2012 amongst her other achievements:
From the USA, Melina Harris is President of “The Sisters in the Building Trades” a not for profit organisation based in Seattle that connects tradeswomen and their advocates:
Robynne Murphy is the co-director of the film The Women Who Were Never A documentary tracing the 14 year legal battle to see BHP open its gates to female employees and helped found the Jobs For Women campaign.
Friday included the coming together of tradeswomen from all over Australia and overseas to learn what has been done to support them with an audience participation panel answering questions and explaining how they have succeeded in their chosen industries and beyond.
This was a great opportunity for tradeswomen and interested organisations to work together, creating new and original concepts backed by tangible action plans. The conference introduced trade suppliers to women in the trades and provide an opportunity for face to face networking.
The static exhibition honoured the work of women who worked in trades usually performed by men, during the Second World War.
The exhibition showcased women and their trade work from early times through until today. It will also introduce the “SALT Women of War” commemorative project working with schools, local historical museums and organisations to place plaques in places where these women worked across Australia.
It was a unique opportunity to meet other tradeswomen, apprentices, policy makers, companies, suppliers and organisations that all have the same purpose;
to support women in trades.
SALT – Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen - Committee Member
The next Tradeswomen Conference will be held in Brisbane QLD on 8-9 March 2018
back in NSW with SALT in 2019!
Look out for dates and details!