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Val Byth OAM

Val Byth symbolises the Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL) in Victoria.

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From 1972, she was a mentor for young activist women and in the early 2000s  retired after sixteen years as Victorian Co-ordinator - an extraordinary commitment of ability, time and enthusiasm. Val represented WEL in many national and state forums; schools, institutions and community groups, metropolitan and rural Victoria.

She established the WEL Young Feminists' Group and was a co-founder of Women's Information Referral and Exchange (WIRE). She is also a member of the Older Women's Network. In her retirement, she continued to be involved in WEL and WIRE and was actively involved in the Rural Women's Network, of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Val was awarded the Order of Australia in 1994 for her service to women, particularly through the Women's Electoral Lobby.