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Celebrating strong women, strong workforce, strong communities

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The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is celebrating inspiring women.

TSRA Acting Chairperson Horace Baira said the TSRA encouraged more women from across the region to consider opportunities including Board, middle and senior management positions, ranger roles, leadership programs and scholarships.

“Women carry knowledge and continue to lift our families, workplaces and communities,” Mr Baira said.

“The TSRA Board currently has the strongest level of female representation since the TSRA was established in 1994.

“Our Board includes six female members, up from three in the previous term and we know there’s always more we can do to increase diversity.”

TSRA Chief Executive Officer Vonda Malone oversees the operations for one of the most remote Australian Public Service agencies and the lead Commonwealth agency in the Torres Strait.

Previously, she was the first female Mayor of Torres Shire Council.

This month Ms Malone presented at the 3rd Regional Conference for Pacific Women in Maritime, jointly hosted in Cairns by the Australian Government in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

“We voiced challenges, opportunities and our shared optimism for more women to progress and succeed on their journeys in traditionally male-dominated sectors including maritime, leadership and ranger work,” Ms Malone said.

“TSRA supports a range of opportunities across the region from professional development, small business and university scholarships to leadership programs and supporting students’ exchange programs to be exposed to opportunities down south.

“We are proud to invest in girls and women across the region to support strong communities.”

Women make up more than half of TSRA’s workforce, including 8 female rangers.

As part of Working on Country plans, all TSRA Rangers – men and women – carry out important work including turtle and dugong monitoring, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) recording, weed removal, surveillance, beach clean-ups and more.

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  • Celebrating strong women, strong workforce, strong communities
  • Celebrating strong women, strong workforce, strong communities
  • Celebrating strong women, strong workforce, strong communities
  • Celebrating strong women, strong workforce, strong communities
  • Celebrating strong women, strong workforce, strong communities
  • Celebrating strong women, strong workforce, strong communities

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