25 January, 2020

WA International Women's Day event announced

WA International Women's Day event announced

Women in Drinks Western Australia is hosting a breakfast and networking event in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8. 

‘Building a Legacy’ will feature guest speaker Sonja Gastevich sharing her inspirational journey as one of WA's legendary publicans.

For 50 years, Gastevich has succeeded in an industry where many others have failed. A Croatian migrant, she arrived in Australia at the age of 16 without a cent to her name. Prolific in her attention to detail, she runs an empire of five Perth pubs, all of which she has designed, built and opened. 

Gastevich began her career in the far South West, taking on her first hotel in 1970. At 20, she opened her first restaurant in the wheat belt town of Narrogin and then build the Overlander Hotel in Manjimup. She then set her sights on Perth, taking over the lease of the Whitfords tavern. 

The mother of three children and grandmother to eight continues to work seven days a week, often for 12 hours a day. Her legacy includes The Royal in East Perth, The Kingsley Tavern, The Old Bailey in Joondalup, The Kingsway Bar and Bistro, The Currambine Bar and Bistro, with her latest venture, The Stirling Cross, due to open in March this year. 

Gastevich will reveal to Women in Drinks attendees how she has broken down barriers to become a successful business woman and WA AHA Hall of Fame member, sharing insights on resilience, perseverance, achieving commercial success and creating a legacy for others.


Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 

Time: 7.30–9.30am 

Where: Stables Bar, Hay Street, Perth, WA

Cost: $40pp including a sit-down breakfast

Tickets are limited. Get in quickly to avoid disappointment. $5 from each ticket will go to Women in Drinks' charity partner, Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG).

Parking is available at Her Majesty’s Carpark and Wilson Parking on Hay St. 


Women in Drinks is an initiative by The Drinks Association to highlight issues facing women in the workplace, champion opportunities and offer networking events for women working in the drinks industry. The Drinks Association is a not-for-profit organisation that offers everything from industry data to targeted forums and a broad spectrum of events, publications and websites, including Drinks Trade, Drinks Bulletin and Drinks Guide. It works to build a stronger, more informed Australian drinks industry by providing commonly required services.