Women in Business Wednesday – Elaine Madill, Wondai Regional Art Gallery

Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett

My name is Elaine Madill. I was born in Melbourne and then lived at the Gold Coast before moving to the South Burnett region 17 years ago.

I am a 74 year old widow and have three children; two boys and a girl. This year they will be 53, 50 and 48. I also have one grandson who is 23 this year. I had a stroke three years ago in August and had to move from my home which I had bought 17 years ago and am now living at The Laurels (an independent living complex) in Wondai.

I have been the President of the Wondai Regional Art Gallery for the last 13 years. The gallery is 21 years old and Alison Iszlaub and myself had been the only two presidents in its 20 years. Very recently I was proud to hand over the reins to Amanda Seiler who has stepped up into the presidency role with passion.

Since amalgamation it has been my aim to encourage the community to shop within our South Burnett region. If we all use businesses within our area, we will all benefit. I would have to say my passion is the Art Gallery and lots of things that I have done have been for the benefit of the gallery. For example, the gallery took over the running of the Wondai Country Market and now it is partly paying off the extension to our kitchen and storeroom. Encouraging the community to re-do our park and make a free caravan park next to the gallery has also increased visitors to the gallery. We have also made the gallery a satellite cellar door for the wineries of the South Burnett. This was done so that we could promote these wonderful wineries for people to visit.

The community of Wondai made me feel welcome from the minute I arrived. As far as I am concerned, Wondai is unique in its attitude of togetherness. We help each other and when there is a need, we come together as a community to meet that need. I would say get yourself involved in your community and use as many opportunities as you can that Business South Burnett and the Council provide, for advice and direction within your particular business.

Of course women are now involved in many different ways compared to when I was growing up, where nursing and teaching were the main jobs available and in some cases, when you married the woman was expected to leave as she was taking the job of a man who was providing for his family. When you think how far we have come, it is my opinion that the future is very bright for women in business throughout our community, Australia and the world.

 

Elaine Madill

Wondai Regional Art Gallery

PO Box 262, Wondai   4606

Kristy Board

Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett

Vision Statement
A region rich in collaborative and sophisticated businesses, fostering innovation for a prosperous South Burnett.
People in Business, People Working together, People making it better.

Mission Statement
Business South Burnett is the Business Growth component of the Economic Development branch of Council.
Our Mission is to foster collaboration within the South Burnett Business community, stimulate the further development and capacity of South
Burnett Businesses and engage and collaborate with South Burnett Business Development Groups.

Objectives
• Expose business to opportunities for learning
• Create programs supporting business development
• Deliver new information relevant to business
• Collaboration with Regional and Town based Business Development Groups
• Sharing of positive South Burnett businesses stories to increase business confidence and promote the region
• Celebrate high achieving businesses
• Provide pathways for market readiness
• Support South Burnett Directions defined projects and advocacy initiatives

Business South Burnett

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