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NSW Regional Women Lawyers - Port Macquarie Conference 2023

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Conference - NSW Regional Women Lawyers

NSW Regional Women Lawyers Inc (‘NRWL’) has been established by a group of energetic regional women lawyers who are working to ensure that those practising in regional, rural and remote (RRR) NSW have the same benefits and opportunities as their city colleagues. NRWL has already established representation in the Central West, the Far West, the Illawarra, the Southern Highlands, the Hunter, the Central Coast and Western Sydney and many of the RRR areas.

This conference on Friday 8 September 2023 in Mid North Coast NSW’s beautiful Port Macquarie, offers a great environment for networking and an opportunity to top up your CPD points. Our dynamic and diverse program includes some amazing speakers and well-known lawyers who are experts in their field.

Program - bookings available in-person and online. Please click here to download the Program brochure. 


Registration & Buffet Lunch


Welcome & Opening

From the Bar to the Bench; navigating the pathway 

Kymberlei Goodacre, President of Clarence River & Coffs Harbour Regional Law Society and Principal Coffs Law Co.

Senior Judicial Registrar Tracy Flintoff, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.


Becoming a Partner in a Regional Law Firm and Running your own Regional Law Firm – the financials

Suzanne Delbridge – Director, Delbridge Forensic 

Heather McKinnon – Partner Bryant McKinnon Lawyers


Afternoon Tea & Networking



Leadership Lift – progressing in leadership - What will I do to lift myself? What will I do to lift other women?

Steering your own career - navigating tipping points and maximising opportunity

Suzy Miller – Leadership Development Specialist

Dr Natasha Cica - (remote from Belgrade, Serbia)


Community Lawyering for Regional Women Lawyers

Emma Smallwood, Solicitor in Charge of Legal Aid Port Macquarie

Jane Titterington, Principal, Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre

Haley McEwen, Senior Solicitor with the Mid North Coast Legal Centre and Senior Lecturer/Head of Discipline in Law for Charles Sturt University.

Bronwyn Ambrogetti, Principal, Hunter Community Legal Centre


Close and Networking

Michelle Meares – Barrister & President NSW Regional Women Lawyers

Networking Drinks - Friday 8 September 2023  
Join us from 5.30pm for networking drinks at Rydges Port Macquarie. Purchase your own drinks.

Networking Dinner - Friday 8 September 2023  

Join us for at 7pm for a networking dinner at Rydges Port Macquarie. Purchase your own drinks. Bookings essential and limited - $69.00 inc GST for 2 courses. Keynote Speaker: Cicely Sylow, General Counsel, Birdon Group.

Travel and accommodation:

The Port Macquarie region is on the NSW mid North Coast, four hours’ drive north of Sydney and six hours' south of Brisbane. Trains stop daily at Kendall and Wauchope, and the journey from Sydney takes around seven hours. You can also fly into Port Macquarie Airport and hire a car to explore the region.

Accommodation in Greater Port Macquarie suits various budgets and ranges from camping and holiday parks to high-end seaside resorts.

Rydges Port Macquarie is in the heart of the CBD, and provides breathtaking views of the Hastings River. They are
offering guests a special rate of $199pn. Please note that you are a NRWL conference delegate when booking.
Please contact:
Jackie Lawlor, Conference & Events Sales Manager
Rydges Port Macquarie, 1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Direct: +61 2 6589 2819 Email:  | Web:


JOIN US! If you share our goal of working to ensure that women lawyers practising in regional, rural and remote NSW have the same benefits and opportunities as their city colleagues, then join us – membership forms here or visit Lawyers $55 inc GST; Students/Associates $22 inc GST valid to 30 June 2024. We hope to see you at the conference, online or in-person. 

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