Young Tassie female trailblazers to take on Federal Parliament

LOCAL female trailblazers from rural Tasmanian high schools will have an opportunity to take on the nation’s powerbrokers though the Country to Canberra initiative.

Now in its fifth year, Country to Canberra’s 2018 Leadership competition will see at least 15 winners travel to Australia’s capital on an all-expenses paid ‘power trip’ to represent their states.

Spokesperson Hannah Worsley said it was an opportunity for girls to undertake incredible leadership training while rubbing shoulders with politicians and CEOs.

“From our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the head of UN Women Australia, our past winners have met with amazing leaders, built confidence, and have gone home to become ambassadors in their local communities,” she said.

“The Power Trip prize also includes behind the scenes tours, exclusive events and one-on-one mentoring to show the girls there is no limit to what they can achieve.”

To enter, Country to Canberra asks eligible girls to submit a two-minute video or 400 words answering the question: “Life is a road trip with twists and turns. How can we support one another to navigate the road to gender equality?”

“Just 32 per cent of federal politicians are female, and we know there are more men called Andrew running our ASX 200 companies than women combined,” Ms Worsley said.

“We want to change this by empowering students, giving them an opportunity to come up with innovative solutions.

“We also know that distance, time and funding barriers can make life tough for rural students.

“Through our competition and prize, we support country kids and their education.”

2017 Tasmanian winner Eleanor McCormack praised the initiative’s impact.

“It was inspiring to be mentored by so many incredible leaders, and it gave me the self-belief to chase after my goals,” she said.

Ms Worsley is encouraging all eligible female rural high school students to take part.

“This could be the kick-start you need,” she said.

“We want to be a microphone for the voices of young, bright future leaders.”

For further details, visit www.countrytocanberra.com.au .

Entries close 11pm AEST on 1 September 2018.

Caption: The girls from the Country to Canberra 2017 team with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.