Australia Awards Fellowships - Empowering Women in Land Development

7th July 2015

Thirteen talented women from Bhutan, Nepal and Cambodia visited MNG’s head office recently and took away six Leica Total Stations as part of the Company’s contribution to supporting the exchange of expertise, knowledge and skills in developing countries under the Australia Awards Fellowships programme administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

As part of DFAT’s Australia Awards Fellowships, Landgate hosted the ladies in a four week course entitled Empowering Women Working in the Land Information and Management Sector. On the final day, MNG were invited to a handover ceremony where CEO Scott Anderson bestowed six Total Stations to the participants.

Scott said it was important to support the efforts, opportunities and purpose behind the fellowship programme, which assists developing countries by providing opportunities for study or professional development in Australia.

"MNG was delighted to have thirteen very professional and enthusiastic ladies visit our offices recently to share in the practices and methods of land development and surveying in Australia as part of the fellowship program hosted by Landgate," he said.

"Staff enjoyed the opportunity to meet with candidates and exchange information as well as supporting the endeavours of women in what can be a very male dominated industry.

"The Company wishes the ladies the best of luck in future enterprises and hopes the donation will be used to strengthen surveying and technical development in their home countries and to provide a means for training, education and further upskilling staff in land agencies."

Landgate Outreach Coordinator Levi Fordham said the donated Total Stations would be a huge benefit to the ladies and their organisations.

"The ladies were very excited to be offered the Total Stations to take home," he said. "We are anticipating they will use them in their training facilities as quite often they only have one unit to train 10-20 staff at a time," he said.

Landgate Fellowship Coordinator Francoise Becu-Reynolds said participants were exposed to all aspects of land development within both the private and public sectors.

"As well as meeting government sector agencies, we felt it was important to incorporate interaction with the private sector in the form of presentations and visits to companies who were kind enough to have us like MNG," she said.

It wasn’t all business for the ladies during their stay however, with excursions including a boat trip to Mandurah where they were sighted a pod of dolphins, climbing a giant tree in Pemberton and a four wheel drive over sand dunes to the ocean.