Scone Chamber's newly-reformed Women's Network welcomes guest speaker Lucy Turnbull AO

THE esteemed wife of a former Australian Prime Minister will be the guest speaker at the Scone Chamber of Commerce's newly-reformed Women's Network next month.

The aim of the initiative is to bring women together to form a powerful voice in business for the future of the Upper Hunter.

So, a series of events is planned with the first scheduled for Thursday, August 13, at the Scone Race Club, from 6pm, featuring Lucy Turnbull AO.

Tickets are $25 per person for Scone Chamber members and $35 for non-members.

"The last run of Women's Network events took place in 2016," Scone Chamber executive officer Blair Keyte said.

"Board members Rachael McGuirk (from Helloworld Travel Scone) and Jillian Lennon (from The Buttered Scone) are the leading force behind the program's re-emergence.

"They feel it is important for women, who are business owners or managers in the Upper Hunter, to come together to form a united voice, especially with all the economic developments in the pipeline for the region over the next few years."

With a headliner guest speaker already secured, Scone Chamber is looking forward to welcoming Mrs Turnbull - and hearing her thoughts on the women's role in effective planning for the future.

"Lucy Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation," Ms Keyte said.

"However, the function will be limited to 50 attendees due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

"Scone Chamber is keen to work with the Scone Race Club, a great supporter of the event, to deliver this networking opportunity in a safe manner.

"Social distancing guidelines will be in place."

A complimentary beverage and canapes will be served on arrival.

To register, visit the Scone Chamber website at

Refunds will be provided if the event is cancelled due to government requirements.