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The female entrepreneur

Kathryn Bordanaro female entrepreneur

Earlier this year, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Cara Waters hailed Kathryn Bordanaro as one of Australia’ nine most influential female entrepreneurs.

Female Entrepreneur: Kathryn Bordanaro, Allbiz Finance Brokers
Female entrepreneur and Small Business Champion of Australia 2014, Kathryn Bordanaro

This month’s Warragul Business Group networking evening offers the opportunity for business people and anyone interested in being a start up entrepreneur to meet Kathryn and the Allbiz Finance team.

Kathryn has over 25 years experience in commercial finance and is the eighth generation of her family to be a self employed business owner.

It is this passion for small business that has led her to advocate at State and Federal Government levels on many small business issues.

In 2014, she was awarded Small Business Champion of Australia by the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia.

The networking evening presents a wonderful opportunity to hear her story at 6pm on Thursday, November 24 at Community College Gippsland.

Location: 71 Warragul-Korumburra Road, Warragul (Conference room/common area).

Cost: $10 Members, $20 non-members

Purchase tickets online via EVENTBRITE

RSVP: 22 November 2016 on 03 5624 3833

The Presence of Giants in Warragul

Help the ‘Giant’ fundraiser

Public sculpture by James Geurts

An exciting illuminated public artwork The Presence of Giants designed by internationally renowned artist James Geurts is coming to Warragul.

James Geurts surveying mountain ash
Artist James Geurts (left) surveying an ancient Gippsland mountain ash with DELWP Ranger Wally Notman and Scanning Engineer Nick Herath. The survey will be used to create an illuminated 3D imprint of the tree.
Image: Daryl Whitaker

James, who grew up in Warragul, successfully won an $84,000 grant from Creative Victoria’s Public Sculpture Fund.  He now seeks local business and community support to raise the last $18,000 needed to complete the project.  A fundraiser and launch is being held at West Gippsland Arts Centre on July 23 from 6pm to 7.30pm and all WBG members are invited to the event.

The inspiration behind the design comes from a piece of our local history eloquently summed up by The Age travel writer Paul Edwards who wrote about the Baw Baw Ada Tree:

“This is a story of two trees in Gippsland.  One, in a paddock near Thorpdale in the Strzelecki Ranges, became a very long log.  The other, still standing in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, may be the most massive living thing in Australia.

Thorpdale’s mighty mountain ash was felled by farmer Bill Cornthwaite back in 1884 and solemnly measured and verified by his brother George, a government surveyor.”

The story of the 114 metre tall Cornthwaite mountain ash is being turned into a reflection that recognises our remaining old growth forests and will promote Gippsland’s outstanding landscapes to local and international visitors alike.

Warragul Rotary Club has just committed $15,000 to the project and well known local artists Gary Miles and Kerrie Warren have donated artworks worth $10,000 to help raise money for the artwork.

Wine and canapes will be provided with drinks at bar prices.  A marquette of The Presence of Giants and associated artworks by James Geurts will be on sale as limited editions at the launch.

James Geurts ‘The Presence of Giants’ marquettes will be on sale at the fundraiser.







For catering purposes, please RSVP Warragul Business Group on 5624 3833 by Monday 20 July.

More information, like The Presence of Giants facebook page or visit James Geurts website.

Media enquiries: admin@warragulbusinessgroup.org.au

Project supported by Creative Victoria Public Sculpture Fund, Warragul Rotary Club, Baw Baw Shire Council, Warragul Business Group, DELWP Powelltown, Warragul Arts Market, Warragul Farmers Market and Warragul Historical Society.

Get moving Baw Baw!

Trail Trak and Grow Warragul to launch

Get Moving Baw Baw is a community event coming to Warragul’s CBD on Sunday 24 May. 

Visit Baw Baw phone app
Click on this image and check out the android or i-phone app on Visit Baw Baw website.

We will be celebrating the launch of Trail Trak, a phone app featuring Baw Baw’s most beautiful walking, running, cycling and riding tracks; and Grow Warragul, the Warragul Business Group’s initiative to ‘green up’ the retail precinct.

For a $5 entry fee, participants will be able to enjoy walking, running or cycling around a 3km course, followed by lunch, music and entertainment.

Smith Street will be closed from Palmerston Street through to Victoria Street from 9:30am to 3:00pm with the run and walk starting and finishing in front of Clark First National.  Baw Baw Shire Mayor, Cr Debbie Brown will welcome everyone and cut the ribbon to kick off the event.

WBG member, Nerida’s Interior Plantscaping will be adding colour to the streetscape with a display of flowers and shrubs to promote the soft launch of Grow Warragul – a concept we look forward to bringing to life in the very near future.

More information: David Cann on 0418 139 409 or Susan Keirnan on 0438 276 405.

Get Moving Baw Baw has been organised by Honeypot Creative Solutions and Baw Baw Shire in partnership with The Warragul & Drouin Gazette, Clark First National Real Estate, ParkRun Warragul, Big Spoon Little Spoon, Studio Samsara and Nerida’s Interior Plantscaping.