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!

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!

Taryn Brumfit ~ Entirely Embraced

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Photo By Jennie Groom © 2016

I thought on the last Wednesday of the year we would revisit one of this year’s most influential woman with the bonus being its her birthday today!  Plus, it’s nice to have a bit of holiday poetry!

Reintroducing Taryn Brumfitt…….
Women around the world take comfort
From the epiphany presented to Taryn Brumfitt

Finding her post baby body hard to face
Taryn resolved it to be a surgery case
She booked in for a tummy tuck
Then, the epiphany struck….
“How can I teach my daughter to love her body
When it’s mine, I need to embody?”

A Body Image Movement started
Her previous life departed
A before and after photo went viral
The movement caught in a spiral
A book launch
A happy body stood staunch

A documentary to be made
Women embracing their bodies portrayed
Well, get ready to stare
At the films premiere
Be proud of your body, dress up in lace
Taryn’s film is called ‘Embrace’
https://bodyimagemovement.com/embrace-the-documentary/

The Hon. Margaret Nyland AM ~ Lady of Law

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

 

not from the highland

but born and bred in Adelaide

….this is Margaret Nyland.

 

fondly known as ‘Judge

by her colleagues

she put at ease

the nick name stuck and won’t budge

she refers to them happily

as her family.

 

After 19 years as a Judge for the SA Supreme Court

retirement was sought…

 

but alas, a retirement disorder

a high responsibility was in order

for this law practitioner

to be the royal commissioner

into the child protection system

that had too many errors to list them.

 

after a two year process,

the 850 page report went to press

the report hit a raw nerve

with the content and title

….’the life they deserve

 

 

Prof. Tanya Monro -Superhero of Science

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Photo by Jennie Groom ©2016

As we are currently celebrating National Science week, I thought I would highlight Professor Tanya Monro who I first started photographing at the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing.  She is now the University of South Australia’s deputy vice-chancellor of research and innovation.

Since winning her first major award, The Bragg Gold Medal for Excellence in Physics for the best PhD thesis by a student from an Australian university in 1998,  Professor Tanya Monro has gone on to become a superhero of science!  She has won more awards and has more letters after her name than any early forty year old woman I know, including the prestigious Eureka Prize one year ago for her breakthrough cancer research.  She was also the 2011 South Australian of  the Year.

Not only is Tanya a smart physicist but she is a fantastic role model for women, young and old, encouraging them to embrace science.

As part of Science week, this Friday there will be a display of women in science projected on the Flinders University Building in Victoria Square where I’m lucky enough to have my photos of Tanya on show.

Paula Nagel AM ~ Elegance in Education

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

If Paula Nagel looks or sounds familiar to you, it’s because she has been deeply involved with journalism and eduction in Adelaide as well as interstate for many years.  Her first public exposure was on ABC Television’s current affairs program “This Day Tonight” as the first female reporter in 1967.

Paula stayed with the ABC for 21 years fulfilling a number of different roles, in particular producing education and arts programs.  Every so often you can hear her on Adelaide ABC radio with Peter Goers.

Life after the ABC saw her being head-hunted for many executive roles and Boards. Ironically for a time she had her own headhunting company, NBC Resources specialising in and Board appointments.  Paula has been involved with more than 15 Boards and Committees and is still active with many including the University of South Australia and recently became the first non-Muslim, on the Board of the Islamic College of South Australia.

I first met Paula in 2004 when she was Chairman of Eduction Adelaide and thus started a long tradition of my photographing this elegant silver haired lady who stands out from across the room at many and varied events, including when she was awarded the “Woman of Distinction in Education” in 2006 at the Asia Pacific Business Women’s Council.  This is my all time favourite photograph here of Paula Nagel!

Now, in her later years, Paula is embarking on a new education in elegance and make-up aimed at 60+ women, stay tuned for further developments!

Shivani Gupta ~ Passionately Passionate

 

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

Shivani Gupta is a Passion Activator, she helps you find your true passion and ways of bringing it into your working life.  With first hand experience at changing professions to accommodate her passion, Shivani knows the keys to unlock a more fulfilling future.

Shivani has a Bachelor of Engineering and started her working life as an engineer for BHP.  As a leader at BHP, she became instrumental in encouraging women into leadership roles and consequently won the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year award.  This  soon became her passion and eventually she started her own business mentoring, coaching and public speaking, gathering an MBA and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) along the way.

Shivani says there are seven key areas in life and we should be satisfied mastering just three of them, most people have family as their number one passion in life but like me, Shivani is happy to admit work is number one but it doesn’t mean she loves her family any less.  Shivani’s message to women is it’s ok to love your work!

Shivani along with five other business women in the Hunter Valley Region established Friends of Barefoot College Australia (FBCA) in Tilonia, India.

A quirky thing I discovered about Shivani, which I love, being into numbers and all, her birthday is on the 24th of July, ’24/7′ and this is her husband’s nickname for her as she in ON 24/7 and I doubt he would ever forget her birthday!

http://www.barefootcollege.org

https://askshivani.com

Women Leaders – Talking the Talk

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016                            L-R Rebekha Sharkie, Nick Xenophon Team, Kerrynne Liddle, Liberal Party of Australia, Hon. Kate Ellis MP, Australian Labor Party and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Australian Greens

Last night I attended the 2016 Election Q+A hosted by Women in Media at the Advertiser and listen to the above women speak on politics and being a woman in politics. You may know that this topic is close to my heart and my recent work so I just had to feature them as today’s Wednesday’s Women.

The panel of women was diverse with two women running for the Senate and two for the House of Representatives and across the two major and the two (major) minor parties.

My recent exhibition “let us be up and doing” showcased women from South Australia who are former politicians but had achieved a major milestone, like first or longest. Last nights panel, if all elected, would still be ground breaking; Rebekha Sharkie would be the first woman to win the seat of Mayo; Kerrynne Liddle would be the first Aboriginal woman from South Australia to enter the Senate; Kate Ellis will continue as an MP, her 13th year and Sarah Hanson-Young will continue on as a Senator, her 9th year.

I chose last night as a good night to start my petition, “A Plead to Lead by example, Respect from the top down. Politicians quit bully behaviour.” In the footsteps of Mary Lee who travelled the colony (SA) in 1894 gaining 11,600 signatures for her petition to give women the right to vote, I plan to do the same with the above petition as I travel my exhibition around SA in the coming months. I was very pleased our leaders last night started off the handwritten petition with many of the media women signing on too. If you would like to sign the petition which will be presented to State and Federal Parliament, you can either catch me on the road or sign the digital petition here….

 
I wish all the women all the best in the election, be up and doing!