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One of Australia’s most innovative, reliable tradie operations is setting in the Warrnambool and Mount Gambier region.

WomanCAN Australia is expanding its facilities and home maintenance business from Melbourne, helmed by Lisa Anderson, a woman with a compelling story who's leading our first expansion beyond Victoria. We have national plans.

Lisa worked herself up through construction, gaining proficiency across trades and rising to managing major events management and massive building projects. There is basically nothing she can't fix.

And she will be establishing a sub-contracting network as WomenCAN Australia's presence builds. Lisa is particularly seeking to help tradeswomen, but is of course open to bringing good men into the team. She aims to set up a team of electricians, carpenters, and plumbers.

Lisa, whose partner lives in Mount Gambier, is leaving our thriving Melbourne facilities and home maintenance social enterprise, where she has been involved since WomenCAN Australia's launch in 2019.

She and her colleagues have been doing much work in government housing, aged care residences, hospitals, for women survivors of family violence, and for NDIS clients.

Lisa brings her experience from being central to perhaps Australia’s only tradeswomen service. That experience includes recovering from a stroke that left her unable to walk.

She spent an intensive year rehabilitating her body, which now is functioning normally, allowing her to return to the work she does so well.

And does so inspiringly. Lisa will also be visiting schools in the region with a message to girls that they can have a fantastic future in the trades.

WomenCAN Australia, led by founder and CEO Mikaela Stafrace, has Lisa's back. All the way.

Here're some words from Lisa: "It would nice to find some likeminded people like me who just want to go out and help the community. We will start off with maintenance.

There’s a big community of people out there. I want to get out there and show my face and hopefully find some women tradies. And I'm definitely not ruling out working with guys, there's lot of good blokes who are good tradesmen.''

Lisa’s departure has opened the way to expand our tradeswomen social enterprise (financially self-sustaining, but focussed on social outcomes, not profit maximisation) has in Melbourne.

Lani Verde has taken over. She’s an electrician and, like Lisa, has a pretty cool backstory, having set up and run her own business as a tradeswoman. If a job needs doing, Lani gets it done.

Our expert services in include:

  • Plumbing

  • Carpentry

  • Electrical and gas

  • Painting

  • Cleaning

  • Cabinet making

  • Gardening

  • Gutter cleaning

  • Rubbish removal

  • Glazing

  • Testing of gas appliances

Lisa, Lani, and Mikaela will soon be doing a roadshow around the region, meeting prospective collaborators and clients, and visiting local supporters including Rotary.

WomenCAN Australia will also be spirited participants in The South West Victoria Social Enterprise Showcase on 19 July at the Warrnambool Library, 8 Kepler St.

06 July 2023

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