Heather Proud is heading to Canberra later this month after winning a leadership competition.
Heather Proud is heading to Canberra later this month after winning a leadership competition.

Heather heads to Canberra to talk inequality and the country

THE drought and persistent gender inequality will be the talking points Heather Proud hopes to introduce when she meets leaders in Canberra later this month.

Out of hundreds of applicants from around the country, Miss Proud is one of 18 young, rural women who have won a “Power Trip” to Canberra, to meet with influential female politicians, CEOs and mentors, after being announced winners of Country to Canberra’s leadership competition. The Year 10 student at Roma State College said her year level co-ordinator Michelle Matthews had suggested she sign up.

“I did some research and I just thought, I can’t miss this opportunity. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime,” she said.

“I think the drought will be one of the big things we talk about, as we’re all from rural areas. But the main focus will definitely be gender inequality.”

Country to Canberra CEO Hannah Wandel said it was the first time this state sent four women to the forum.

“Hundreds of girls submitted phenomenal videos and stories to our competition, making it an incredibly tough selection process,” she said.

“This is the first time we’ve had four winners from Queensland. These young women now get to represent their communities and advocate all the way to the nation’s capital.”

The Power Trip prize, which occurs annually, includes a Powerful Women’s breakfast at the Hyatt Hotel, meetings with federal ministers, a careers fair, a tour of parliament, leadership and public speaking training by TedX, tickets to question time and more.

Miss Proud said she was looking forward to the trip.

“I’m excited to represent Queensland and advocate on issues that are critical for Australia’s future,” she said.

Eighteen winners were selected for the competition. Power Trip runs from November 23-27.

Heather Proud from Roma is among the four, recognised for her outstanding ideas about diversity and leadership. “Hundreds of girls submitted phenomenal videos and stories to our competition, making it an incredibly tough selection process,” CEO Hannah Wandel said.

“This is the first time we’ve had four winners from QLD, these young women now get to represent their communities and advocate all the way to the nation’s capital.

The power trip prize, which occurs annually, includes a Poweful Women’s breakfast at the Hyatt Hotel, meetings with federal ministers, a careers fair, a tour of parliament, leadership and public speaking training by TedX, tickets to Question Time, and more.

“In past years, winners have met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Tanya Plibersek, Bridget McKenzie, and Jacqui Lambie,” Ms Wandel said.

Heather Proud said she was looking forward to the trip

“I’m excited to represent Queensland and advocate on issues that are critical for Australa’s future,” she said.

18 winners were selected in total for the competition.

Power Trip runs from November 23-27


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