Annette Rockliff (Chair) - North West
I believe, having lived my whole life on the North-West Coast, my life experiences, my work roles, my community commitments and most recently my role as Deputy Mayor on the Devonport City Council, gives me insight into a wide range of issues facing women in regional Tasmania.
I have served as Treasurer of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Local Government Women's Association for the past five years. As part of my Alderman role, I have served on several committees which focus on the needs of women and families including Chairing the Building Families Committee, membership of the Maritime Museum Working Group, Arboretum Management Committee and several other committees, all of which work to understand the needs and improve the facilities and services in the city. In the past I have served on various community organisations which eventually led me to standing for Local Government.
My current working role (eight years) is Office Manager of a not for profit organisation which offers counselling, specialising in suicide prevention training, suicide intervention counselling and post-vention support, so I have a very realistic view of the challenges facing women in our regional community.
Dr Nicola Goc - South
I see compassion as the greatest driver of change and I have a fundamental belief that the media has a social responsibility to fairly, effectively and compassionately inform society on all issues of inequality and injustice. I am also an advocate for the ethical use of social media as a tool of citizen empowerment in the global digital age.
My research is focused on media history, ethics and representation, particularly female representation. I was a 2014 Fellow at the National Sound and Film Archive researching post-war migrant media. My current research project received a 2015 Tasmanian Community Fund Grant to research Tasmanian migrant women and their use of family photography as social media in the pre-digital era.
I have a passion for telling women’s stories, particularly stories about disadvantaged and marginalized women, and have written several social history books as well as academic texts. I am founding President of Convict Women’s Press Inc., a not-for-profit publishing company dedicated to publishing histories of convict women.
It is indeed a great honour to be given the opportunity to contribute to addressing the issues facing women and girls in Tasmania today, in particular those pressing issues outlined in the Tasmanian Women's Plan 2013-18.
Alywn Friedersdorff - North West
I am proud to become a member of the Tasmanian Women’s Council knowing that I have much to contribute having been an educator, a local government elected member, a mentor, and an advocate for rural and remote women.
Dr Suzanne Martin - North
I am a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program and the Australian Rural Leadership Program and have recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Australian Rural Leadership through James Cook University. I have held roles on the executive committees of the Australian Veterinary Association (Tasmanian Division) and Tasmanian Women in Agriculture and am a current member of the Legal Profession Disciplinary Tribunal.
Having worked all my professional life in rural and remote Australia I have a practical understanding of the vital role communication, medical and educational services are to the survival of these communities and the industries they support and the challenges (and rewards) of living, working and raising children in rural areas.
I am excited to have the opportunity to make a contribution towards addressing some of the issues of relevance to women in Tasmania and have a particular interest in the areas of education, literacy, community development and resilience, environmental issues and youth mentoring and support.
Holly Mason-White – South
It was always my hope, however, to return to Tasmania, as I believe that our state offers unique opportunities and a high quality of life.
I currently work within policy at the Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS), turning my mind to a large variety of gender-based issues including legal reform, policy formulation, social change and advocacy. I also work as a consultant for the peak national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and family services organisation, focusing on family support and early childhood education. I am currently completing a Masters in community development and anthropology, specialising in gender studies.
Through my work for the not-for-profit sector I have gained experience across a range of social policy sectors. I am passionate about utilising my skills and experience to give a voice to vulnerable and marginalised groups within our society.
Alison Overeem (nee Smith) - South
I am currently community development officer at Leprena, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC Tasmania). I believe we can walk together as luna rrala (strong women) in compassion and respect for our unique stories, and sharing of stories. I am driven by culture, family, empowerment, and creating safe spaces to build hope and dignity.
Kate Beer - North West
I love community development work, advocating and facilitating the opportunity for people to work together to deliver change in their local area. I enjoy participating in statewide forums and am currently President of Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania and a representative on the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association. I am also a member of Soroptimist International Devonport participating in advocacy, fundraising and awareness of female rights in line with Soroptimist’s ethos of aspiring to realise potential. I am excited to be a part of a group of women working towards equality and participation for all women.
Leonie Stewart - North West
Leonie Stewart is a Senior Constable with Tasmania Police in the Burnie region, with a special interest in women’s safety and family violence. She delivers workplace training to improve women’s awareness about crime and violence and is strongly connected to her local community in the North West region.
Mary Duniam - North West
I have been a Councillor with Waratah-Wynyard Council for 13 years and Deputy Mayor for four years. In 2017 I graduated with a PhD, and my research focused on local government and social enterprises in Tasmania: exploring relationships that build community value. I am passionate about social entrepreneurship, in particular the role of women within the Tasmanian social enterprise sector.
I grew up in the Burnie area, the youngest of four children. My mother, Iris Graham OAM, was a powerful influence, as the first woman Councillor at Burnie Council and through her commitment to music, arts and the community. My community involvement includes Volunteering Tasmania and Rotary Tasmania and membership of a number of other organisations that support and empower people and communities. I have been a co-facilitator of WomenCan workshops as part of my interest in better governance for gender equity and the role of women in community organisations.
Keshni Thaver - South
I am extremely passionate about the social issues effecting girls and women in Tasmania, especially inequalities such as economic, health and housing issues and the glass ceiling many young women encounter in the workforce whilst they attempt to build a career in Tasmania. This passion started at an early age growing up in South Africa at the end of the Apartheid era. At the time, I witnessed first-hand how inequalities impacted girls and women.
I moved to Tasmania in 2007 to pursue further education and graduated with a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Tasmania. Throughout my studies, I was actively involved in numerous community organisations, such as Australian Red Cross, Lions Australia, and Legacy Tasmania.
For more information about the Council and applying please contact Communities, Sport and Recreation.
All correspondence to the Chair to be addressed to:
Tasmanian Women’s Council
GPO Box 65
HOBART TAS 7001