Empowering Women



Celebrate International Women’s day with us!

” When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world.

And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment. ”  

  – International Women’s Day 




6PM – 10PM

Gladstone Entertainment and
Convention Centre

56 Goondoon St, Gladstone, QLD

Information by: Australian Government, Workplace Gender Equality Agency



Innovation for a gender-equal future

Part of the proceeds raised provide three (3) female school leavers wanting to study in the STEM sector, do apprenticeships or non-traditional roles, with a $1000 assistance prize.

Congratulations to the three exceptional young women who won the Gladstone Engineering Alliance “Inspiring futures essay Competition” as part of the GEA International Women’s day Celebrations.

Congratulations to Rommiel Malig from Gladstone State High School, Alyssa Pease from Toolooa State High School and Joory Abulhagag from Chanel College. The GEA team with the support of the Gladstone Manufacturing Hub is proud to assist these students as they begin paving the way towards their career aspirations.

Equality is the goal, and equity is the means to get there. Through equity, we can reach equality.


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Source: Australian Human Rights Commission 

In recent decades, women in Australia have made significant strides towards equality. At universities, in the workplace, in boardrooms and in government, a growing number of women have taken on leadership roles, forging pathways for other women and girls to follow.


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Tash grew up a daughter of Aussie farmers who survived some incredibly tough years. Their experiences, the challenges and devastation of life on the land especially during drought drove Tash’s parents to establish Aussie Helpers and to help other Aussie farmers experiencing tough times. It was her father’s wish that she succeed him as Aussie Helpers’ CEO when he retired due to terminal illness.

Tash’s deep, personal understanding about the challenges that farmers experience drives her to continue her parents’ legacy every day and provide both practical and more personal support to Aussie farmers doing it tough. With more than 20 years’ experience leading thriving businesses throughout regional Queensland, Tash brings her passion for rural communities, strong business-sense and exceptional interpersonal skills to Aussie Helpers.  

Under Tash’s leadership, Aussie Helpers has extended its services and evolved as an organisation, fortifying its reputation. Tash has built a highly engaged, purpose driven team where each member provides outstanding support to farmers and rural communities every day. All team members are certified Mental Health First Aid Responders to support them provide essential counselling services to farmers in need.

Today, Aussie Helpers is one of Australia’s largest farming support charities, fostering lasting connections with rural communities and providing immediate help when farmers and farming communities need support or experience a crisis. Tash is uncompromising in her focus to grow Aussie Helpers so that it can support more farmers, farming families and communities in any way they need. 

As one of the few female leaders in agricultural not-for-profits, Tash is committed to both championing, advocating for and supporting farmers, whilst also disrupting the status quo to create a more diverse and inclusive future for other female leaders, particularly in regional Australia.

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From her first job in journalism, Marilyn has navigated often traditionally male-dominated industries to enjoy a diverse career path which has included working as banking marketing executive to corporate relations roles within the resources and energy sectors. Her most recent career pivot in 2022 has seen her take on a new national role supporting the development of renewable energy projects.

However, one of Marilyn’s greatest passions is raising awareness of, and funds to combat, a disease which claims the life of an Australian woman every eight hours  – ovarian cancer. In memory of her mother, Marilyn frocks up each year to be part of the annual Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) Frocktober campaign (This high-vis tutu moment is among her favourite – pictured). Established in 2000, the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) has grown to become Australia’s leading independent body dedicated to funding national ovarian cancer research. Marilyn is proud to be an OCRF ambassador and one of the faces of the 2022 national Frocktober campaign which raised over $888,000 for Australian research into this insidious disease.

Closer to home, Marilyn is a GAPDL Board Member, serves on various advisory committees and is a previous Chairperson of Gladstone Women’s Health Centre.


Adrienne Ward

Gladstone Area Water Board


Tina Zawila

UHY Haines Norton


Ellie Blumel

Alpha HPA

Stakeholder Relations Coordinator

Melissa Inooka


Commercial Partnership Specialist


At Stanwell, we provide the spark for a bright future. That future starts now.

We are a major provider of electricity and energy solutions to Queensland, the National Electricity Market and large energy users throughout Australia.

We’re creating a new, lower carbon generation portfolio that’s complemented by energy storage, we’re driving the development of a renewable hydrogen export industry in Central Queensland and we’re keeping the lights on as the State’s energy industry transforms.

While our energy future is not defined by our coal-fired generation, our transformation will be supported by it.

We own and operate two of the most efficient coal-fired power stations in Australia – the Tarong power stations near Kingaroy, and Stanwell Power Station west of Rockhampton. We can ramp generation from our coal-fired power stations up and down as needed, to let solar generation shine in the middle of the day, and still provide the electricity people need in the mornings and evenings. We also own Meandu Mine, adjacent to our Tarong power stations, to provide low-cost fuel for the station.

We’re putting our energy into finding better, cleaner ways to reliably generate, store and move electricity for our customers. Through our pipeline of proposed renewable energy projects throughout central and southern Queensland we’ll reduce our emissions intensity and create future opportunities for our people and communities. We’re also leading Australia’s renewable hydrogen industry, with plans progressing to develop the country’s largest green hydrogen export hub in Gladstone, Central Queensland.

We care. We adapt. We deliver. These values are the driving force behind everything we do. As we continue to serve our communities and deliver the power Queensland needs, we ‘ll contribute to the achievement of Queensland’s emission reduction targets and we’ll achieve long term reductions in our emissions intensity.


Dinner Tickets

* Dinner prices include GST *

Waitlist bookings only

Please contact GEA to make a waitlist reservation

Dinner GEA Members

$ 120 pp
  • 2-course dinner
  • Welcome drink

Dinner Non-Member

$ 130 pp
  • 2-course dinner
  • Welcome drink

Table of 10 GEA Members

$ 1,100
  • 2-course dinner
  • Welcome drink

Table of 10 Non-Member

$ 1,200
  • 2-course dinner
  • Welcome drink

*Please note that you will need to be double vaccinated against COVID to participate in this event.  You will be required to adhere to the venue’s COVID requirements as well as the regulations placed by the Queensland Government, including showing evidence of your vaccination status.”

2022 Keynote speakers and panellist

Alanna Ball

Liza McGuire

Panel discussion

IWD 2023 Event Photos

IWD 2022 Post event report