City of Canning to investigate forming Women in Canning networking group

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

A $2500 forum will be held by the City of Canning to canvass interest among women for local programs and the possibility of creating a Women in Canning networking group.

Councillor Yaso Ponnuthurai spearheaded the initiative at the May 15 meeting, describing it as an engagement forum and hoped the proposed Women in Canning group would then grow organically from the forum.

Deputy Mayor Christine Cunningham said she was keen to attend.

“There could be a lot of wins here and I don’t see any losses,” she said.

Should there be interest in the formation of the group as a result of the forum, the City’s Community Connections and Learning team could help for an initial three to six months to get hem self-governing in that timeframe.

The half-day women’s engagement forum is expected to cost about $2500 for a key speaker, marketing, promotional material and catering in addition to staff time.

But some of the men on council expressed concerns, with Cr Patrick Hall wanting a report on the forum to come back to council, which was supported in the final vote.

Councillors voted 9-1 in support of the forum, with Cr Lindsay Holland against.

In the May 15 meeting Cr Holland said didn’t like the idea of having a gender-biased group and has a problem spending ratepayers money on an exclusive group.

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