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The Parlour Room

International Women's Day High Tea at Rocco

In celebration of International Women's Day, Crystalbrook Collection is thrilled to announce the launch 'The Parlour Room: Conversations with women about things that matter' at Rocco.

Enjoy a decadent high tea menu with a glass of prosecco on arrival and listen to our panel of inspiring women as they discuss the lessons they've learnt on the road to success. The good, the bad, the highs and the heartaches.

Along with raising our glasses to the women in our lives, we'll also be raising money for our chosen charity of choice, Wheels of Wellness, with $10 from each ticket sale donated to the local group, along with silent auctions on the day.

Date: Monday 8 March 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Rocco, Level 12, Riley Tower, 131-141 Esplanade, Cairns QLD
Cost: $79 per person with $10 from each ticket donated to Wheels of Wellness

Book a table of five or more and receive a 15% discount on total booking.

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Meet our panellists:

Mayor Vonda Malone, Mayor of the Torres Shire Council

Mayor Vonda Malone created history in March 2016 as the first female Mayor of the Torres Shire Council in the Torres Strait.  Mayor Malone was re-elected in the March 2020 Queensland Local Government Elections entering her second term as an elected representative.  Achieving national recognition in politics, Cr Malone was awarded the prestigious McKinnon Prize for Emerging Political Leader of the Year (less than 5 years in politics) through the University of Melbourne.

Cr Malone has extensive experience in Local Government and State and Federal Governments delivering services across the Torres Strait and Cape York. Cr Malone has also worked internationally through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the United Nations Office of the Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.

In addition, Vonda is the Chairperson of the Community Enterprise Queensland, Chairperson and Founder of Torres Health Indigenous Corporation, member of the Senior Advisory Group (Voice Co-design), member of the Indigenous Advisory Group to the Ministerial Forum on Northern Australia, member of the Qld Telstra Advisory Committee and Former Chairperson of Torres and Cape Indigenous Councils Alliance (13 Local Government Councils).

Doctor Amanda Roberts, Director of Stratford Medical Centre

Doctor Amanda Roberts - Cairns Business Women’s Club Small Business Woman of the Year (2019), Director of Stratford Medical Centre, Founding Director of registered not-for-profit, Wheels of Wellness and Board Member of the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Services - is a staunch believer in advocating for the local community, particularly those less fortunate.

Growing up in South Africa, before immigrating to Cairns, Amanda has collected a well-versed book of life’s lessons throughout her career and it is safe to say, there’s not much Amanda hasn’t seen in her 20 years as a doctor. Positive, motivating and a natural born leader, she is keen to inspire others to work collaboratively for overall better outcomes for society and all those who make up the fabric of our community.

Fiona Jose, Chief Executive Officer Cape York Partnership

Fiona Jose is the CEO of Cape York Partnership, an Indigenous organisation employing 370 people and driving a comprehensive reform agenda improving the lives of families in the Cape York region. Fiona is one of eight First Nations leaders driving practical and structural change through the national Empowered Communities initiative. She joined Cape York Partnership in 2010 where she held senior management positions following more than 15 years of experience in management, business development, and government relations in aviation and education. She now oversees 12 entities and businesses under the Cape York partnership.

Fiona is a Council Member of the National Museum of Australia, has been awarded the For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award at the Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and named Queensland Not-for-profit Manager of the Year by Australian Institute of Management.

Amy Turnbull, Executive Manager - Engagement at Cairns Regional Council

A proud advocate for Cairns, Amy Turnbull has spent her career to date championing the city she loves, while holding the local business community’s trust and best interests close at heart.

Formerly the Regional Manager for the State Chamber of Commerce, Amy is now Executive Manager - Engagement at Cairns Regional Council, working closely with Mayor Bob Manning. One of the city’s most strategic thinkers, Amy combines business economics with creative thinking to achieve results-orientated success in the workplace. In 2018, Amy became the youngest woman in Australia to be awarded an Honorary MBA (by CQUniversity).

Grace Lillian Lee, fashion designer

Grace Lillian Lee is a multicultural Australian artist known for drawing inspiration from her indigenous heritage. Through collaborations with Australian indigenous communities and their art centers she has created a platform for cultural expression and celebration by way of fashion performances. These are instrumental in engaging young people from remote communities and providing an opportunity for them to represent and be proud of their culture and country through fashion and performance.

Working with these members of community inspired Grace to further her work by travelling to indigenous communities to encourage creative expression and mentor young people as well as collaborate with artists and art centers. Her aim is to guide members towards developing their art into textiles and adornment in a contemporary way while orchestrating the sharing of artistic culture between generations. This is instrumental in the preservation and celebrations of traditional techniques and creatives.

About Wheels of Wellness

Wheels of Wellness (WOW) is an outreach mobile program that uses mobile General Practitioner and Nurse clinics to engage, support and deliver health care to our forgotten members of society – people disadvantaged by domestic abuse, homelessness, poverty, and mental health problems (just to name a few). Run by a group of Cairns local medical professionals and volunteers, they deliver free, focused medical and social support to anyone who needs it with the aim of assisting clients to achieve better health outcomes as they attempt to get their lives back on track.

Tickets are non-refundable. Subject to availability.

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