International Women's Day celebrations with Murrumbidgee Council

Women across the Murrumbidgee have embraced Murrumbidgee Council’s invitation to celebrate International Women’s Day at a free luncheon in Jerilderie on 13 March.

Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said we have had a great response to the free event so far with the event now fully booked.

“It is a wonderful chance to get together and celebrate the contribution women make to our rural community.

Dr Hannah MacDougall.“We are delighted to have dual Paralympian Dr Hannah MacDougall as guest speaker for the luncheon”, she said.

“Dr MacDougall will be an inspirational speaker. Not only are her sporting achievements quite amazing, she also has a background in inclusion advocacy and strongly believes in empowering communities, which will be fascinating”, Cr McRae said.

Dr MacDougall is an elite athlete, dual Paralympian, bronze medallist and previous world record holder. She has captained the Australian Swimming Team at both a World Championships and Paralympic Games and is currently training for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

When Dr MacDougall isn’t training, she is an inclusion advocate, mindfulness and wellbeing ‘pracademic’ and community engagement advisor at the Victoria State Emergency Service. She has a PhD in Well-being.

This event is free of charge and is generously supported by Murrumbidgee Council through the Australian Government Drought Communities Programme.

Cr McRae said this is one of a number of events that we are running this year as part of our drought support program.

“We are really pleased with the impact these events are having in keeping our community positive and bringing us all together in the face of the ongoing drought”, she said.

A bus will be available for Darlington Point and Coleambally residents.

Hannah MacDougall’s bio is available at

Picture: Dr Hannah MacDougall.


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