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Hear Them Roar - 2018 Series - Screening Three

  • Romanos Hotel 81 Fitzmaurice Street Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650 Australia (map)

Join us for an evening of networking, appetisers, drinks and celebrating three Riverina women with three screenings of the 2018 Hear Them Roar Video Series and special guest speaker Lisa Portolan.

Appetisers will be served during the networking at the commencement of the evening. 

Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar (cash only).


Date: Thursday 18th October 2018

Time: 6pm - 8.30pm

Location: Romano’s Hotel, Wagga Wagga

Tickets: $50 WiB Members | $60 Non-Members & Guests

Ticket Sales Close (RSVP): Tuesday 16th October @ 5pm.

Tickets are strictly not available at the door.


Lisa Portolan is an author from Sydney, Australia. Her debut novel See Saw (Barringer) was published in 2015, and the best-selling Happy As (Echo) 2018. Happy As is based on her PhD topic, which examines how our understanding of happiness is constructed (advertising, media, society and culture) and how we can pursue a more authentic notion of happiness.

She currently freelances for The Guardian and Ten Daily and has previously written for Huffington Post and the Australian Financial Review. Check out her website or follow her on Instagram @lisaportolan 


Diana Gibbs is a resource economist with a long experience as a consultant.  Her practice is primarily involved with the provision of applied economic analyses in applications such as regional development/strategic planning, and project evaluation (often in the context of environmental impact assessment), and to issues of resource utilisation amongst competing uses. This background has given her a strong interest in delivery of “triple bottom line” outcomes for regional communities, in which social, economic, and environmental objectives are met.

She currently acts as :

  • Chair, Graham Centre Industry Advisory Panel (Charles Sturt Uni.)

  • Director, NSW Rural Assistance Authority.

  • Director, Riverina LLS.  

  • Member, NSW Climate Change Council.

  • Partner, Diana Gibbs & Partners (strategic planning and economic development consultants).

  • Partner, Whyte Pastoral Company (family farming operation).

  • Executive Director, Riverina Wool Growers P/L.

    Previous roles have included:

  • Chair, RDA-Riverina Committee (Jan 2015-Dec 2017).

  • Deputy Chair, NSW Regional Development Advisory Committee (Jan 2016-Dec 2017).

  • Member (Director), Murray Darling Basin Authority (Oct 2011-Feb 2016).

  • Director, Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation (2000-2006).

  • Independent Member, Governance Committee of the NSW Water Loss Management Program. (2008-2011)

  • Chair, NSW Regional Communities Consultative Council. (2000-2007)

Since 1991, she has also been a partner in a mixed farming operation in the South-West Slopes region of NSW.  Diana lives on the Murrumbidgee River in the South-West Slopes region of NSW with her husband Bernard Whyte, where they raise beef cattle from a mix of dryland and irrigated pastures.


Jill began Erilan in 2009 after she saw the need for a dedicated mastectomy store and fitter in the local area.

Having experienced breast cancer and subsequently having a breast removed in 2006, Jill became aware of the importance of ‘follow up’ support through the availability of lingerie and clothing to enable her to get on with her life.

Wagga Wagga is a growing city that supports a large region. In 2006 we already had the Riverina Cancer Care Centre, Lilier Lodge and highly respected breast surgeons yet no dedicated place for women to go to after surgery. Jill simply felt that this was unfair. At that time we were also in the grip of a long drought and Jill wondered how rural women could afford to travel to the city for what they needed. Jill told herself that this was something she could do.

Firstly, she trained as a bra fitter, then breast prosthesis fitter. In April 2009 Erilan was launched both as a physical store and an online store. Since then Erilan has helped countless women by providing them with post surgery support and then with carefully selected prostheses and lingerie, which help women to feel ‘normal’ again.


Amanda Myers runs two very successful businesses in Wagga Wagga – Satin Touch Lingerie and Sleepwear and Simp-lee Yoga.

Amanda purchased Satin Touch Lingerie and Sleepwear in the Australian Arcade 14 years ago. After three years the business grew and was relocated to new premises. Amanda embarked upon her second enterprise, Simp-Lee Yoga in July 2015.

The opening of Simp-Lee Yoga was the culmination of a number of years of training and the delivery of classes at other locations including a couple of Wagga gyms and the family’s garage. The yoga premises were acquired by Amanda and her husband Jason in November 2011.

Both business ventures prosper under Amanda’s direction and are testament to the energy and drive she brings to the table because she has created businesses she is passionate about and love.

Amanda’s teams at the two businesses are quite different but both work very well. Amanda has also contributed to community by leading yoga in the park for local charities including Kurrajong Waratah and supporting local health initiatives run by Murrumbidgee Local Health and the Wagga Women’s Health Centre. 

To start a business, grow it and make it viable takes courage. To do so in a regional area, takes even more resolve. To start and run two successful businesses takes an energetic, intelligent, reflective, adaptable and focused person and Amanda Myers is such a woman.