City of Canning councillor pushes for women’s support network

Kate Bevilaqua and City of Canning councillor Yaso Ponnuthurai.
Kate Bevilaqua and City of Canning councillor Yaso Ponnuthurai.

TONIGHT City of Canning councillor Yaso Ponnuthurai will try to garner support for a women’s support network.

She will move a motion at the City’s agenda briefing calling for costings to run such a group.

‘Women of Canning’ would include women living or working in the Canning area who are active in the community, like Ironwoman Kate Bevilaqua.

Bevilaqua trains half the year in Perth and half the year overseas in Boise, Idaho USA.

She has three Ironman titles to her name and also runs GK Endurance – a triathlon coaching business.

Bevilaqua started out as a physical education teacher, using triathlon to keep fit over the summer.

“I think having the Women in Canning group will show how many amazing and talented women there are in the area,” she said.

“Plus we can all learn so much from them. It will be great to share our knowledge and experience with each other.”

Cr Ponnuthurai wants to link women of all ethnicities and backgrounds.

“Of the total 93,600 Canning population recorded in the national 2016 Census, 44,887 are women,” Cr Ponnuthurai’s motion reads.

“Because Canning is truly diverse, so are these women.”

The statistics show that more than half of the people in Canning were born overseas and speaking a diversity of languages.

“In terms of ancestry the largest groups are English, Australian, Chinese and Indian, in that rank order,” her item read.

“A regular schedule of social meetings and outings, special lecture and seminar sessions – often with speakers drawn from within the Women in Canning network itself – is envisaged for Women in Canning.”

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