are being conducted in the following locations
Women who Mean Business Project Summary
The Women who Mean Business Project is supported
by the State Government's Community Support Fund and is auspiced
by Arts Network East Gippsland (ANEG) on behalf of the Gippsland
Women who Mean Business has been gathering
impetus for two years. The project grew through the GWN's
"The Box" initiative and is supported by the Wellington Shire
Council, ABC Regional Radio Sale and Gippsland Centre Sale.
The issues contributed to "The Box" were gathered
and collaborated into the Women who Mean Business project.
The response was overwhelming and included issues of youth,
unemployment, lack of community volunteers, apathy of community
participation and pride, lack of art and culture appreciation,
lack of exhibition space and many other issues which affect
many rural communities.
The objective of Women who Mean Business
was to increase participation through community activities.
The conduit for participation will be the formation of art
and community projects within each location. Community art
projects bring communities together and to work together on
common goals. The project will be featured across eight or
more Gippsland locations and their surrounding districts including
Orbost, Buchan, Rosedale, Moe, Warragul, Leongatha, Yarram
and Swifts Creek.
Each of these locations will have a working
party consisting of 20 to 30 interested participants. All
community members are welcome to participate in one, more
or all of the activities and workshops on offer over the three
The first workshops will commence in July
The Women Who Mean Business three year project
aims to work with women across the Gippsland region to develop
their talents in leadership, business and the arts.
- To provide local women with the opportunity
to realise their full potential and to competently manage
- To provide women with opportunities
to develop skills, partnerships and educational opportunities
leading to greater self-esteem and confidence through participation
in leadership, organisational and business development courses
- Increase business and employment opportunities
for women in the region.
- Delivery of high quality leadership,
organisational, business and information technology workshops
across Gippsland that are accessible to all community members.
- To provide networking opportunities
for women in Gippsland as a means of information sharing,
collaboration and friendship.
- Provision of newsletter, website and
email list as a means of information sharing across Gippsland.
- Provide an avenue for greater involvement
of women in promoting Gippsland as a unique and important
- Provide an avenue for newly acquired
skills to be utilised and further developed in a community
based project. The project will be delivered in four stages
over a three-year period.
The project will be administered by the
East Gippsland Arts Network on behalf of the Gippsland Womens
Stage One: Project
Establishment January 2004
The main components of this stage are:
- Project Management Team established.
- Employment of Project co-ordinator.
- Establishment of Database and Networks
and email list information sharing.
- Development and Production of Quarterly
Newsletter paper and email versions.
- Development of Gippsland website
business, arts, craft & fibre.
- Establishment of eight Local Working
Stage Two: Skills Development
Workshops July 2004
- Leadership, Organisational, Business
and Information Technology Workshops.
- Six workshops delivered in eight locations
over a nine-month period totaling minimum 48 workshops.
- Deliver high quality accredited workshops
Stage Three: Putting
Theory into Practice April
2005 December 2005
- Allocation of eight $10,000 grants to
eight local steering committees for the development and
implementation of a business project not confined
to one based on arts or fibre.
- A detailed project plan including budget,
timelines, stakeholders, strategies and actions will be
prepared by each local Working Group.
- The project will be implemented by the
local community, overseen by the project officer and local
- The skills developed in Stage two will
be used in the project development and implementation.
- It is envisaged that the total cost of
the individual projects will be in excess of $20,000 each,
with the additional funds coming from the community or via
Stage Four: Showcasing
and Celebration January 2006
- The final stage of the project will be
to showcase all the project outcomes.
- These outcomes may include:
- Art, craft, fibre local community
markets to showcase the high quality products from the
local area. Location of these markets will be determined
during the second and third stages of the project, in
conjunction with the Project officer and Local Working
- Exhibitions for project products
this will incorporate opportunity for local artists
to showcase their work in a formal exhibition. These
will be held in conjunction with local art galleries.
- Business outcomes new businesses
established, linkages built.
- Tourism opportunities and linkages
to existing businesses collaborative efforts
with business and the arts.
- Development and implementation of exhibitions
will further enhance the skills developed in stage two of
- The exhibitions, markets and other showcasing
opportunities will be held in conjunction with the food,
wine and tourism industry to ensure maximum exposure and
to create further marketing opportunities for Gippslands
- Project Evaluation.