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The Darling Downs is a well-known economic epicentre of Queensland, and unsurprisingly, women comprise half of the regional working-age population. However, until recently, women of the region have been lacking an essential financial education, more easily attainable in urban areas. Taking that logical step by filling the necessary void, ‘Better Money Management’ financial education program, announced a completely free Toowoomba workshop. The event will be held at the City Golf Club on Tuesday November 17, and all interested women of the region are encouraged to attend.

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Held by not-for-profit financial social enterprise 10thousandgirl and supported nationally by Rabobank, the program features a Q&A session with a panel of local financial experts, including:

  • Andrew Walker, Branch Manager, Rabobank Toowooomba
  • Marian Hegarty, Member Education Manager, HESTA
  • Amanda Maroske, Partner, Robertson Scannell
  • Sandy Hopps, Certified Financial Planner®, Strategic Planners

In addition to offering their fundamental insights, specialists will discuss a broad range of topics including investment principles, financial planning, tax tips, succession planning, solutions to barriers and support mechanisms. Outlining the workshop’s objectives, 10thousandgirl founder and CEO, Zoe Lamont, notes how, “women invest heavily in their professions, families and communities, but we often neglect investing in our own financial stability”. This, she believes, is an outlook that requiring reform, emphasising that “living in a regional or remote area shouldn’t be a barrier”.

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Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) have also voiced their support by encouraging members to attend. Board Member, Maragaret Harrison believes ‘Better Money Management’ facilitates a, “wonderful opportunity for women who are either involved or wanting to get involved in business or their personal finances”. Furthermore, the program boasts national backing by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Financial Literacy Australia grant and other prominant private and government organisations.

To register for the ‘Better Money Management’ workshop in Toowoomba, on Tuesday 17 November, from 9.30am – 3.30pm at City Golf Club, Eagle Room, 254 South Street. For more information please visit http://10thousandgirl.com/, or call Tina McElligott, 10thousandgirl Partnership and Events Coordinator on 0401 740 440.

Words by Arabella Creagh
Images supplied by 10thousandgirl