TWO Hepburn Shire women are still celebrating after being inducted to the 2013 Hepburn Shire Women’s Honour Roll.
Susan Dennett and Nettya Tulku-Rose received the accolade during the Shire’s recent International Women’s Day celebrations.
Ms Dennett is a local elder, teacher, publisher, and sustainability mentor while Ms Tulku-Rose is was commended for advancing the status of women both in Australia and overseas.
“I feel very humbled and honoured that people would nominated me for that award,” Ms Dennet said.
“I love this area, I love this community and I feel the town hall belongs to me and everyone else.”
Ms Dennet has a passion for food and enjoys helping women and their families work towards an ecologically sustainable self-sufficient life.
She has been described by others as a tireless worker towards a fairer and safer community and as a stalwart when it comes to social justice, especially concerning the rights of women and enabling better opportunities for local women and their families to access healthy food.
Ms Dennett is also a fierce campaigner for environmental justice and is considered both a local and global pioneer of the permaculture movement.
She also co-founded Hepburn Relocalisation Network in 2005, which regularly hosts information sessions, workshops and film nights focussed on sustainability and the associated skills required to pragmatically implement sustainable living modes within our shire.
Ms Tulku-Rose, a 73-year-old who worked for many years in the Hepburn Shire as a teacher and successful business woman, said she was excited to be included on the honour roll.
Over the years Ms Tulku-Rose has volunteered her time and skills to assist the plight of women and girls in South Africa, Kenya, as well as locally in Daylesford.
She was also ordained the first female minister in the region and starting a nursing mothers meditation group and the Central Highlands AIDS Support Group.