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Workshop decides on Latrobe’s issues for women

Issues identified at recent Women’s Petition workshop forwarded to the ‘Women Shaping the Nation’ steering committee.

By Latrobe City Council - 15th March 2001 - Back to News

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Five issues identified by Latrobe City women as being the most crucial, at a recent Women’s Petition workshop, have been forwarded to the ‘Women Shaping the Nation’ steering committee.

Latrobe City Councillor, Lisa Proctor, said the workshop facilitated by Latrobe City Council and addressed by Joan Kirner, was attended by nearly sixty enthusiastic women who were all very keen to contribute to the discussions.

“Support for women accessing decision making positions was considered the number-one priority by the workshop, with issues relating to health, education, safety and the environment selected as the other top five issues,” Cr Proctor said.

“Equal representation in Government at all levels and in the media; and better representation of women in decision making positions were key points made in underlining support for the number-one priority,” Cr Proctor said.

“Lack of health services in terms of accessibility and affordability; in particular mental health, disability services, drug and suicide prevention strategies and services for aged and pre and post natal care, were also a major concern.

“Education issues were rated highly. Equal access to quality education from pre-school to tertiary for country children at reasonable costs; cultural fairness with regards to support at tertiary levels; and the need for positive role models within the school system were the key points identified as in need of addressing,” Cr Proctor explained.

“Improved legislation and support services to provide a safer environment for  women in the community and in the home; and improved protection of native vegetation, waterways and land (salinity) and encouragement of clean alternative energy production and minimisation of waste were also considered priorities.

“The five issues were identified as being of concern to all women in Latrobe City, but many of the issues equally apply to families and men. Support is required for improved access and equity, in particular for those women who are disadvantaged because of their cultural and ethnic backgrounds,” Cr Proctor added.

“We were very fortunate to have Joan Kirner in attendance which assisted in raising the awareness of the project to the community.  Interest in the petition is very high and we are all looking forward to the final document.  Everybody at the meeting expressed her willingness to distribute the petition as far as possible,” Cr Proctor concluded.

The five most prominent issues identified throughout Victoria, will form the basis of a petition which will be made available for signing at local community centres such as libraries, recreation centres, Maternal and Child Health Centres and Senior Citizen Centres throughout the State. The resulting petition will then be presented to Parliament.

Photo: Latrobe Councillor Lisa Proctor, CEO Penny Holloway and Planning and Development Officer Jillian Dickinson, with Joan Kirner at the recent Women’s Petition workshop

Media Enquiries:

Cr. Tony Hanning, Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 373 577

Cr. Brendan Jenkins, Deputy Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 374 590

Ms. Penny Holloway, Chief Executive Officer,
tel. 5173 1401 or 0417 557 103

Jeremy Bein, Public Relations and Communications Officer,
tel. 5173 1468


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