images ‘Supporting Each Other in Business’ Luncheon- Friday 28th October
The WIBRD ‘Supporting Each Other in Business’ Lunches will be held on the 4th or last Friday of every month.The informal lunches are open to all women and will be a set booking at a sponsors venue such as the Commodore and will provide a forum for those that attend to talk honestly about their business, develop professional relationships to work together to support each other, help each other through obstacles and mentor one another.In line with the newly developed strategic direction and action plan, WIBRD have organised this initiative to further support women in our region in all their endeavours and the lunches are a wonderful way to get out of the office meet some new people and have lunch!
Each member pays for their individual lunch and bookings are simply a text message at least a day prior to the lunch to the particular WIBRD Board Member hosting the lunch.
If you can please text your attendance to Di on 0417 273 645 at least one day prior to the lunch.

November Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Our Guest speaker at our final breakfast for 2016 will be Anelia Blackie, Manager of the Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre who will share her insight into refugee settlement services within our region and in particular the “I Made It” sewing enterprise program I have started at the  Migrant Resource Centre thanks to a  grant by the Stand Like Stone  Foundation. The breakfast will also give you the opportunity to get to know the wonderful people on your table, support the empowerment of women in business in the Green Triangle region not to mention there will be time and opportunity to above all, NETWORK!
City Hall- Main Corner (entry via Cave Garden) Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier.
When:Wednesday November the 16th 2016
Time: 7am to 8.30am
Cost:$23 for WIBRD Members & $33 for Non- Members
Inclusive of a full breakfast catered by Presto.
Book Tickets Here-  https://www.stickytickets.com.au/43946
Please note that ticket sale will close 24 hours prior to the event so please book early to ensure you do not miss out.

WiBRD Events to come in 2016. All Welcome.
Friday 28th October- Luncheon
Supporting each other in Business Luncheon
Wednesday 16th November Breakfast
Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Friday 25th November- Luncheon
Supporting each other in Business Luncheon
Thursday 1st December
FREE Member & Sponsor Christmas Drinks & Nibbles


WiBRD offers individual and Corporate membership. Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st each year. As from September 1st 2016 all 2016 memberships will receive a 40% discount on the general costs of memberships.

General costs of individual membership is $ 85.00 (inc GST).  Corporate membership offers full membership for up to three (3) employees of the Corporate member and the fee is $200.00 (Inc GST).


If you are interested in becoming a member please  email executive@wibrd.org.au and we will invoice you. Please note payments via CC will incur an additional processing fee.


To lead a series of inclusive networks for like-minded women in a supportive and professional environment.


Women in Business and Regional Development Inc. supports and provides opportunities to:

  • enhance business connections
  • build skills base
  • develop friendships
  • develop supportive strategic alliances
  • be an identifiable and respected source of community and regional perspectives

Membership Categories:

WiBRD offers individual and Corporate membership. Cost of individual membership is $ 85.00 (inc GST).  Corporate membership offers full membership for up to three (3) employees of the Corporate member and the fee is $200.00 (Inc GST).

What is the purpose of WiBRD?

WiBRD is a network to support like-minded women to get together in a supportive environment. Our purpose is to provide relationships to enhance business, develop friendships and strategic alliances and to be an identifiable and respected source of community and regional perspectives, sought by policy makers and drivers.

WiBRD guiding principles:

  • Inclusion – provide a network that is supportive, accessible, flexible, and relevant to members.
  • Collaboration – work in collaboration with organisations whose charter has commonality and/or who provide opportunities for WiBRD members.
  • Innovation – provide access, network links and opportunities for members to enable innovation.
  • Professionalism – activities of WiBRD to be conducted in a professional manner. WiBRD aims to provide a quality program delivered in a professional manner. Expectation that members will conduct themselves with integrity.
  • Growth – to expand and develop all network memberships to enhance the potential of all members to grow their businesses and networks. To build on the past and seek ongoing successful rural and regional communities.

How is WiBRD funded?

WiBRD is currently funded by membership fees and sponsorship. In the future funding will be sought from external providers (Grants etc) to maintain and expand its operations. Currently WiBRD is operated by a voluntary Board and an Executive Officer on part time service contract.

WiBRD Membership Benefits

  1. WiBRD events discount for events
  2. Free ticket to the WIBRD Christmas function
  3. Access to Network events
  4. WiBRD infrastructure and support – Incorporated Body with insurance. (Network meeting groups have the benefit that all corporate governance and BAS,Audits etc are taken care of by the Board)
  5. Networking ability across the Green Triangle
  6. Be part of networking group with significant influence in the region.

Women in Business and Regional Development are proud to announce our involvement in the

ANZ Mortgage Introducer Program
After much consideration and member feedback from a survey of our network, Women in Business & Regional Development would like to announce our involvement in the ANZ Mortgage Introducer Program.

 This opportunity by our Major Sponsor ANZ will enable us to receive additional funding to support the sustainability of our network through a mortgage introducer program whereby WIBRD receive 0.3% on residential loans and 0.6% of commercial loans from ANZ when members and sponsors of WIBRD mention their association with Women in Business & Regional Development.
The program will run for a trial period until from March 31, 2016 to October 1, 2016. A decision will then be made by the then current WIBRD Board if the program will continue taking in to account the 2017 sponsorship prospectus.

The WIBRD involvement in the program does not mean that we recommend the ANZ mortgage products over other mortgage products offered in the sector, and all people getting a loan are advised to perform their own due diligence in deciding what product is best for you or your business needs. 

The decision to go ahead with this program has been reliant upon the feedback received from our network and we thank all that have contributed to the WIBRD making the decision to be involved.

All money raised from this program from the trial period will go towards the SARWG Scholarship, a Sub Fund of the Stand Like Stone Foundation, that seeks to support women in the Limestone Coast to achieve their educational goals,  and operational costs for the WIBRD network to ensure our sustainability and ability to offer our members cost effective training and events.

Please note all enquiries are kept in the strictest confidence and any personal and/or business details are not shared with Women in Business & Regional Development.

If you are interested in hearing more about the program or ANZ products please contacting one of the following ANZ Mount Gambier Staff Members;

Darrel Soderlund

ANZ Business Banking Manager

0419 270 956


Cheryl White

ANZ Home & Investment Lending Manager

0417 138 407


Matt Foreman

ANZ Branch Manager

0403 367 447


2015/2016 Annual General Meeting
On Monday the 10th of October Women in Business & Regional Development held their 2016 AGM. Thank you to the 21 members and Board Members who attended the night. Our 2016 AGM saw the resignation due to personal and business commitments of Fiona Hetherington & Nicole Cunningham and therefore there were two positions up for tenure. Congratulations to Cathy Lunnay & Sam Rothall for being nominated to the Board. If you are interested in reading the 2015/2016 Annual Report please CLICK HERE.


We are pleased to present our Sponsorship Prospectus for 2016. Sponsorship has now closed for 2016 however if you are interested in becoming involved in the network in 2016 or 2017 please do not hesitate to contact us.


An outstanding 480 people from around the region attended the Gala event which was held at the Barn Palais, Mount Gambier to witness the announcement of the winners of the prestigious Women in Business & Regional Developments 2015 Influential Women in Business Awards.

Sponsored by AltusQ Experiential Coaching
Awarded to Simone Kain from Hello Friday & George the Farmer

Sponsored by Sinclair Wilson
Awarded to Kelly Nicholson from Beachport Liquid Minerals

Sponsored by Complete Real Estate
Awarded to Rachel Alexander from Windon Park Belted Galloways

Sponsored by ANZ
Awarded to Wendy Fennell From Fennell Forestry

Sponsored by The City of Mount Gambier
Awarded to Nel Jans from the South East Junction Mental Health Resource & Activity Centre

Women in Business & Regional Development would like to congratulate this year’s winners  as the depth and quality of entries had been outstanding. The awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the women in our community- their achievements, their continuing ability to improve themselves, their contribution not just to the business community but to the wider community also and we are so very proud of all involved in the process, not just the winners but the nominees, sponsors and judges.


Please CLICK HERE for a full list of all nominees for the 2015 IWA Awards.

2015 Influential Women in Business Awards Terms & Conditions. Click Here.

Women in Business and Regional Development Incorporated is open to all professional women in the Green Triangle (Limestone Coast and SW Victoria) offering networking opportunities that are:

inclusive – collaborative – innovative – professional – fun

2016 Sponsorship Prospectus  WiBRD_2016_Sponsoship_Prospectus

To join us TODAY simply download this WIBRD Membership Form and email or send it back to us.