Think of what we can achieve if we join together on International Women’s Day to elevate the voices of women.

We’re eager to find out, so we’re hosting a free, family picnic event at The Briars, Mount Martha to celebrate women’s achievements and raise awareness against gender bias.

Are you in to help break the bias?

4.30pm-7pm on Tuesday 8 March at The Briars, Mount Martha.

Our headline acts are:


At only 19-years-old, Peninsula singer-songwriter Tulliah is gracing our stage. In 2019 she was labelled as an ‘act of Australia’s future’ and was a finalist in triple j Unearthed High competition. Since then, she has supported Amy Shark and played shows with Thelma Plum. Her new EP Fre$h Hugs offers relatable glimpses of a teenage musician coming of age with melodies that seamlessly wash over you. She is surely one of Australia’s most exciting new names.


Peninsula born and raised songstress Suzi is breathing new life into alternative folk-rock. Her struggles with mental health issues are expressed throughout her artistry. Equipped only with her acoustic guitar, Suzi loves to empower women through writing and her welcoming stage presence provides a safe space for people of all walks of life. Suzi’s debut EP I Like It Better Indoors has surpassed 100,000 streams on Spotify. There’s a glistening path ahead for Suzi.


Emerging with her own independent artistry, Bumpy a Noongar woman delves into a world where vulnerability is power. Her debut release 'Falling' caught national and international attention and saw her featured in ABC’s NAIDOC Special alongside Emma Donovan and the Putbacks, Uncle Kutcha Edwards and Kee’ahn. A mesmerising First Nations’ Australian artist who is a captivating and utterly sincere live performer.

We’re pleased to announce we have award winning broadcaster, journalist, executive producer and author, Tracee Hutchison back again this year hosting the live event. She will be interviewing our amazing female vocalists along with guest speakers.

The theme for this year’s global International Women’s Day is ‘Break the Bias.’ Our event this year will celebrate the work of female creatives and boost our local arts and music industry. By bringing awareness to gender bias and taking action for equality we can break the bias in our community.

By supporting this free event you will be boosting our local arts and music industry and giving our female musicians a chance to raise their voices to be heard loud and proud.

Food and drink

Please bring your own picnic including chairs and picnic rugs to enjoy your afternoon of live music.

This is a dry event; no alcoholic drinks allowed. A coffee van will be available on site.

We encourage sustainability and ask you to ‘boomerang’ your picnic and take home everything that you bring with you. Please bring reusable plates, cutlery, water bottles and coffee cups.

COVID Safe event

  • Be ready to show double vaccination status using the Service Vic App.
  • Bring a mask.
  • Please don't attend if you feel sick or if you’ve been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Accessible toilets and parking will be available

Our Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2030 aims to embed gender equitable practice in our policies, programs and services and work with our community to achieving gender equity. We’ll do this by addressing four key actions to prevent violence against women including:

  • Challenge condoning of violence against women.
  • Promote women’s independence and decision-making.
  • Challenge gender stereotypes and roles.
  • Strengthen positive, equal and respectful relationships.

We’ve tackled this so far by:

  • Engaging over 550 people in Unpacking the Man Box training aimed to empower men and boys and broader community about the pressures of living up to outdated stereotypes of man hood.
  • Council reaffirming its commitment to the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter and appointed Champions to action the Charter.
  • Including female friendly change facilities in all new and existing sport pavilion developments including Tyabb Pavilion, RM Hooper Pavilion and Crib Point Pavilion.
  • Commissioning eight female artists for murals, photography and our Artist in Residence program and promoted over seventy-five creative women’s stories.

So, are you in? Will you actively call out gender bias and forge women’s equality?