Mel Bailey ~ Upholding Urban Design 

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Mel Bailey  ~  Photo by Jennie Groom © 2017

Melissa Bailey believes the way to a vibrant, interactive neighbourhood and society is through good urban design and planning.  Pictured here at the old Clipsal factory redevelopment in Bowden, Mel shows me how this area is a good example of urban design. The developers are actively planning the neighbourhood for activity, accessibility and a sense of community – for example the roads and footpaths don’t have gutters and there are trees in the middle of the roads to provide greenery and slow cars down. Together with 6 star green rating apartments there are parks, a town square and a community garden; all connected to the parklands and city with great pedestrian and bike paths.  (Mel nor I work for Bowden, if that was starting to sound like a sales pitch!)

Mel’s interest in community, geography, politics and advocacy has seen her career culminate in her current profession as an urban planner.  Despite her original interest in marine biology, Mel studied a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Urban Geography at the University of Adelaide.  While there, her activist Auntie’s influence saw her undertake some political studies and she joined the University’s Labor Club where she met her future husband, current South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill.

After university, Mel did a character building traineeship with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), worked for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) and then ran Pat Conlon MP’s electoral office. Mel enjoys helping people which is why she found running the electoral office so rewarding.  As she was already working for a Minister at the time her husband became a Minister, she decided to move away from politics when her oldest daughter was born.  After an inspiring evening at the Planning Institute of Australia awards, she decided to go back to university and study a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

In 2009, with her background in health, policy and now planning, Mel was well placed for her first job as an urban planner as the Health Planning Officer at the Department of Planning and Local Government.

Currently, Mel is a principal planner with global consulting firm AECOM.

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International Women’s Day

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Ella Simpson by Jennie Groom © 2017

Today is International Women’s Day, a day that has been gaining more and more traction since 1975 when during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March the 8th.

The history of women’s groups, marches, protests, honouring and celebrating goes back to the 1800’s and one group that was significant back then and still to this day is the YWCA.  South Australia’s YWCA was founded in 1880.

This week the YWCA are launching a mural in Adelaide’s James Place painted by local artist Ella Simpson.

The vibrant laneway mural is designed to spark a conversation about women’s safety, gender equality and bystander intervention. The aim is to keep people thinking and talking about their role in contributing to safe public spaces for women.

YWCA Adelaide developed the Rise Above the Pack campaign in 2014 in response to Adelaide women avoiding the CBD because of safety issues.

Rise Above the Pack aims to engage men and women in a meaningful conversation about street harassment, gender equality and the role that we all play in calling out behaviours and attitudes that put women at risk of violence.

If you would like to help fund this campaign and mural, there are a few days left, so visit…..https://chuffed.org/project/rise-above-the-pack

Ella Simpson

YWCA Adelaide

Rise Above the Pack

 

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Mural by Ella Simpson for the YWCA ‘Rise Above the Pack’ campaign.

 

Lauren Krelshem ~ Aspiring Actor

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Lauren Krelshem by Jennie Groom © 2017

This is Lauren Krelshem

A Wednesday’s Woman I welcome.

 

Her career

Became clear

While watching a State Theatre production

An idea began it’s induction

The Glass Menagerie was on stage

The moment acting became her wage.

 

Just as Lauren was finishing her acting course

Her battle with cancer hit again with tremendous force

The Leukemia, at seven had begun,

Then at 13 and again at twenty one.

 

Her prognosis looked grim

So friends and family pitched in

20,000 lucky paper cranes were made

For this girl, from Adelaide.

 

The doctors needed more than Chemotherapy

The cutting edge CAR T-Cell therapy,

Never tried on anyone in Australia

Lauren was the treatments trail blazer.

 

A year later she is in the clear

Holding her life dear

Now nothing will detract her

From being an actor.

 

In June, Lauren will travel across the land

As Melbourne will have more opportunities at hand

I have the feeling

Melbourne will find her appealing!

The Hon. Diana Laidlaw AM ~ Mastering Mosaics

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The Hon. Diana Laidlaw AM ~ Photo by Jennie Groom © 2015

Diana Laidlaw says she grew up in a family with strong, progressive and political views, an influence for Diana choosing to work in politics.

She started by assisting Federal and State ministers for 7 years before she was elected as a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Council to the Parliament of South Australia in 1982.

When her party won Government in 1993, Diana entered Cabinet and  proceeded to be the first woman to hold 3 consecutive portfolios over 3 consecutive terms (and 3 Premiers) as Minister for Transport and Urban Planning, Arts and Status of Women.

Diana was Minister for the Status of Women in 1994 during the year of centenary celebrations for Women’s Suffrage in South Australia and helped launch a time capsule stored in a vault in Parliament House for women to open in another hundred years.  It will be interesting to see what has changed then!

Representing the Arts as Minister must have ignited Diana’s passion for starting her own artwork with mosaics during this time.  Since her 21 year political career finished Diana’s mosaics are really taking off and are highly sort after.  Pictured here with her popular mosaic poles which she has exhibited widely throughout South Australia.  Loving her artistic life now, Diana works on her mosaics as much as possible from a farm studio in the Barossa Valley.

On a personal level it was fabulous to have Diana Laidlaw launch my first exhibition ‘women@work’ in 2000 as she represented women and the arts!

A sporting start to the year.

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Amanda Spratt with Ellie Mathwin – Photo by Jennie Groom © 2017

Welcome back to Wednesday’s Woman and Happy New Year to everyone!

Last night, Ellie Mathwin and I were showered in champagne as we stood in front of the presentation stage cheering for the winners of the Santos Women’s Tour, a new experience for the both of us! Ellie was firmly placed in front of the Number 1 podium in the front row to the envy of the media surrounding her!

I started chatting with this young 8 year old and found out she has just started competitive cycling herself and was even in the team that won the club trophy for the year! She was looking up at the women standing before her as her role models.

Women’s professional sport is finally starting to gain traction in the mainstream media and consequently the audience support around the world is growing, something I’m sure previous Wednesday’s Woman, Rosemary Crowley would be proud of.

The momentum gathering is exciting and we are great sportswomen, look at the soccer, cricket, new AFL football teams this year and of course cycling.  Last year, UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) the world body of cycling upgraded the Santo Women’s Tour in the Santos Tour Down Under to the highest level available for road racing internationally.  The women riding over the last few days here in Adelaide are the best of the best from around the world and Amanda Spratt showed Ellie Mathwin that an Australian Woman can do it!

Congratulations to Amanda Spratt, the 29 year old from the Blue Mountains in NSW who won the overall Santos Women’s Tour which consisted of 4 stages.

Also, congratulations to Adelaide’s Annette Edmondson who finished 2nd in yesterday’s 4th stage, another previous Wednesday’s Woman!

Be the best you can be this year!

Helen Skidzevicius ~ Mrs Claus

Hello, long time no see! 

I would just like to say to all the Wednesday’s Woman followers and supporters, thanks for your fantastic feedback and encouragement throughout the year even though there has been a drop off in the last half of the year!

The drop off occurred for a couple of reasons, mainly I have been lucky enough to teach photography on Wednesdays at Uni SA since July and with teaching comes learning and I’ve discovered, I love teaching!!  I’ve also done some private teaching sessions and mentoring this year as well.

“Let us be up and doing” exhibition has been on the road travelling too, we went to Renmark, Quorn and Mt Gambier country shows and enjoyed some great feedback.

Please accept my apologies for the irregular blogs and know there are so many new women to feature in the future.

If anyone has any suggestions of people, companies, business etc that would like to sponsor the Wednesday’s Woman blog through selected advertising then please let me know.  It will help to keep the page more regular (eg. I would be made accountable!!).

Meanwhile, please enjoy your Christmas and New Year with some inspiration from Mrs Claus…

Jennie

xx

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Photography by Jennie Groom © 2016

Helen Skidzevicius loves Christmas!  Her partner and her dress up every year, decorate the house, the car and spread the magic of Christmas around their community.

Helen is also known as The Pudd’n Lady because she hand makes chocolate Christmas puddings with liquor, cherries and the recent addition of her secret spiced gingerbread flavoured puddings.

With one child living away from Australia and no grandchildren, Helen buys gifts for people in need and donates them to the wishing tree.

Helen has a lot going on in her life; full time carer for her partner, scorer for softball on Saturdays, sewing, painting and all things craft plus the Christmas puddings!  She will be thankful for a quite one on Christmas Day and will be enjoying a traditional lunch, time with her partner and sparkling wine!