Canungra women unite for International Women’s Day

LOCAL women walked in stride to the International Women’s Day breakfast at Canungra Hotel.

The Canungra Chamber of Commerce welcomed more than 50 people, to celebrate the event for the first time in town.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen, Beaudesert MP Jon Krause were also in attendance.

Division 3 councillor Virginia West began the speeches and congratulated local women on their achievements.

Canungra’s Chamber of Commerce president Desley Bird then introduced guest speaker Nikki Dudley.

Ms Dudley was named Queensland Tourism Young Achiever of the Year in 2016 and is also one of Queensland’s Young Tourism Leaders for 2017.

The Canungra resident shared the highlights of her career and thanked her role models.

Ms Dudley said as a woman who managed three businesses, she wanted to leave the guests with nine tips to publicise their local businesses.

“The first is own your identity, figure out what is it that you love about your product and services,” she said.

“Another is to get out there, align yourself with industry organisations and make sure you attend regular face-to-face networking events.”

Ms Bird said she was happy to see so many people support the event.

“This is our first time having an International Women’s Day breakfast and there are certainly more guests than what we expected, I’m absolutely thrilled,” she said.

Ms Bird said she was amazed with the town’s local women and their achievements.

“Many of businesses in Canungra are owned by local women, it just shows what we can do,” she said.