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Campaspe women advancing their careers thanks to scholarships

By Riverine Herald

FIVE local women have had help to advance their careers in non-traditional industries after they were announced as the Campaspe Murray Women's Scholarship – Balance for Better recipients.

This is the second year the scholarships have been presented to locals to be utilised for education and study costs in their chosen career.

Emily Cox (working at Macca's Demolition, will undertake a traffic management course), Najmiyah Binti Abdullah (working at Foodmach as a mechanical design engineer), Sharon Gibson (Byford estimator), Chelsea Atkins (REALM Design, undertaking architecture studies) and Rhiannon Payne (Macca's Demolition, to gain a heavy vehicle licence) are this year's recipients, showcasing the growing number of women working in non-traditional fields.

Scholarship recipient Rhiannon Payne and Byford Equipment's Belinda Byford.

Campaspe Primary Care Partnership executive officer Emma Brentnall said women made up less than a quarter of the workforce in the construction, manufacturing, engineering and architecture industries.

REALM Building Design director Janita Norman, scholarship recipient Chelsea Atkins and CCLLEN executive officer Jacq Campbell.

“In Australia, 12 per cent of engineers are women, and 18 per cent of women are working in the construction industry, with little change throughout the past 25 years,” she said.

“We are incredibly pleased to celebrate these unique local women and their employers for the important role they play in the local economy. They provide a hugely positive role model for the local region.”

Echuca Moama Rotary Club president Bernard Spry, scholarship recipient Sharon Gibson and Byford Equipment managing director Gary Byford.

The scholarships were designed to challenge gender stereotypes about occupations, promote gender inclusive work environments, and encourage participation in the local Campaspe Murray economy; a shared objective of Committee for Echuca Moama, Campaspe Primary Care Partnership and Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network.

Echuca Moama Rotary Club president Bernard Spry and scholarship recipient Emily Cox.

This year the Balance for Better scholarships attracted two new sponsors: Echuca Moama Rotary and Byford Equipment.

Ms Brentnall said each of these organisations was committed to encouraging women to challenge gender stereotypes about occupations, promote gender inclusive work environments and encourage participation in the local economy.

Foodmach's Belinda Sharpe, CCLLEN executive officer Jacq Campbell, scholarship recipient Najmiyah Abdullah and Foodmach director Peter Marks.

“The scholarships celebrate women’s achievements, highlights local opportunities while providing practical assistance to women working or studying in non-traditional sectors,” she said.

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