Regional women on their way to Better Money Management

18 September 2015

Social enterprise and Sauce client, 10thousandgirl kick started its two-year roadshow with a full house at their Better Money Management launch workshop in Orange last month. Focused on bringing rural and regional women the same advantages in relation to financial literacy as those in metropolitan areas, Sauce is proud to be working with 10thousandgirl to bring this initiative to life.

The launch featured a free, half-day money management and investment education workshop, which will be replicated in 15 other regional locations across Australia. The two-year Better Money Management program is being funded by an Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Financial Literacy Australia grant and national partner, global agribusiness bank Rabobank.

The workshops aim to provide women in regional areas with easy access to expert financial services so they have the opportunity to improve their personal financial security through strategic planning, without having to travel long distances.

Regional women from various walks of life, occupations and ages attended the Orange workshop to learn financial skills and tools and hear from 10thousandgirl founder and CEO Zoe Lamont (pictured), who grew up on her family’s property at Junee and now lives in Cootamundra.

Proving to be more than just an educational forum, the workshop was a buzz of networking opportunities. Discussion and questions were plenty, featuring how to get started as an investor, growing your super, succession planning, and understanding “good debt”. Participants benefited not only from the workshop’s itinerary but also from each other, exchanging their experiences and knowledge.

In addition to the 16 regional workshops being rolled out nationally, the Better Money Management program comprises a suite of online financial tools and bi-monthly webinars. Industry super fund HESTA, the Australian Taxation Office, the Financial Planning Association and the Insurance Council of Australia are also supporting the program, with the Sauce team handling all public relations and media liaison.