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I was born and raised in Lithgow and have lived in Portland for the past 16 where I am currently raising my two daughters.
I work locally in Lithgow at Revenue NSW and was elected to Lithgow City Council in 2016.
I started advocating for Women and their right to have a voice in 2008, when I was formally elected to the Public Service Association (PSA) Women’s Council which has a proud history of fighting for better conditions for not only women but for all.
Since 2008 within the PSA I have held a number of positions such as Central Councillor and Senior Vice President.
I work hard for my community and I relish in advocating and making a difference, I volunteer for both the Lithgow Show Society and the Country Women Association.
I am a member of the NSW Labor Women’s Forum and Central West Women’s Health Centre board as I believe in the advancement of Women Leaders in all fields.
A greater effort is required to address the gender imbalance and I am willing ,able and passionate to work hard and will relish in the opportunity to work with all women from different backgrounds, experiences and beliefs towards the goal of 50/50 across every Council in NSW.
Born and raised in Moree in north-western NSW, I am very familiar with the issues facing rural areas, especially the special challenges that women face.
I hold degrees in Environmental and Civil Engineering and worked overseas in Chile before taking up a position at Mosman Council where I am a senior engineer specialising in project, contract and asset management.
I am focused on putting my passion and skill to good use working on community projects, promoting opportunities for women in local government especially in non-traditional roles and lobbying for provisions in the local government award for women, such as domestic violence leave.
Elected to Fairfield City Council in September 2016, I have always been passionate in relation to matters involving social justice and community work. I currently serve as the Chair of the Council’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, the Chair of the Bonnyrigg Town Centre Committee, Chair of the Arts Advisory Committee, am a member of the NSW Public Libraries Association committee, the Smithfield/ Wetherill Park Discussion Group and the Sydney South West Planning Panel.
Prior to joining Council, I have always had a passion to assist those in my community who are unable to assist themselves, working as a volunteer Solicitor at Salvos Legal, a volunteer Tenancy Advocate at Redfern Legal Centre and currently work as an Advisor to the Federal Member of Parliament. I have completed a Bachelor of Laws/ Social Science (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. I have a keen interest in charitable causes as well as an interest in promoting the representation of women to improve gender equality in all facets of life, including the removal of barriers to gender equality.
I am an experienced Councillor first elected in 1999, (18.5 years), to INVERELL SHIRE COUNCIL, a rural council.
Experience - Locally I have served in positions as:
Deputy Mayor, Currently Chair of Civil and Environmental Services Committee, Past Chair of Corporate and Economic Committee, Current Delegate to the Inverell Library Service and Equestrian Council
Experience - NSW State I have served in positions as:
NSW Public Library Vice President, Regional Development Board member, Joint Regional Planning Panel Member
Education - most recent
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Hons) from UNE Armidale graduated 2014
Awards -I have received;
NSW Bi-Centenary Medal for services to culture and local government and a life membership to NSW Public Libraries.
I Chair a Charitable Institution, Operation: Operating Room Ltd., which has donated over $180,000 to the Inverell hospital for equipment.
I have recently retired after owning and operating a successful retail business “Baker’s Barn Saddlery” for 27 years.
Encouraging women in Local Government has been a passion of mine for nearly two decades and I am very happy to be a mentor for fellow Councillors.
I was elected to ALGWA Executive in 2004.
My educational background is in Commerce with a major in Management and sub-major in Law and Employee Relations, my profession is in Industrial Relations.
I am passionate about advocating for greater participation of women in government at all levels but especially in local government. I would like to see more women councillors.
In particular I want to promote ALGWA to all and engage women who work on council to become involved and develop their skills.
Shellharbour City Council
I have a strong commitment to the local community and have represented the interests of residents in an official capacity for a large part of my life.
I was raised in the Illawarra, attended school at St Anne's College, Dapto and have raised my four children here in the area.
I am passionate about ensuring the fair treatment of all people and the delivery of services to our region, which I have worked to provide as Member for Illawarra (1999-2007), Temporary Chairman of Committees (2003–2007), Member of the NSW Regulation Review Committee (1999–2003), NSW Joint Select Committee on Victims Compensation (1999–2000), Vice Chairman NSW Legislative Review Committee (2003–2004), NSW Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety (Staysafe) (2003–2005) and Chairman NSW Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (2004 – 2007).
Community events are an important part of our social sphere and I have been a member of the Shellharbour City Australia Day Events Committee for more than 15 years
Elected to Council in 1995 my life experiences through travel and my Community Issues within our local government.
My support of public libraries is my priority as I see it has an emphasis on equity and equality and provides an opportunity for everyone to reach their potential.
In celebrating International Women's Day I have been instrumental in now having a collection of media on Women's Mentoring and issues to a value of $4000.
I have also been an executive member of the NSW Mining Related Councils Association for ten years addressing state issues as well as local community issues of mining.
I am currently on the Executive Committee of the Australian Local Government Women’s Assoc NSW. I have been involved since 2006 through to 2021. President, Vice President, then re-elected as a board member March 2021.
Local Gunnedah committees such as, Child Crime Prevention (chair), Mental Health Suicide Prevention (chair), Rural Fire Brigade, Day View member , CWA, Village Homes Committee, Challenge Disability Services, Hospital Advisory Board (chair), Domestic Violence Prevention (chair), Workshop Enterprises Gunnedah
Colleen was winner of Local Government
Rural Regional Councillor in 2010 .
Australian Local Government Women Councillor Runner Up 2012 for her projects for community and was featured in the first book for Women making a difference in Local Government.
Colleen encourages local women to participate in community organisations such as Meals on Wheels, Challenge Disability Services, Day View Club, and is also patron to the Gunnedah Scouts and Gunnedah Group 4 Rugby League Club.
Colleen has been appointed to the Rural Hunter New England State Health Board and was the first to be announced by the Member for Tamworth on the 4th May 2016. Colleen is still involved with this Board today.
Allyson Bradford is IT Project & Documentation Facilitator at Blacktown City Council. Allyson has been responsible and successfully achieved desired outcomes for a number of major IT projects including: e-document management & corporate business systems, upgrading of IT infrastructure services & security systems, writing and implementing IT policies & strategies.
Some of Allyson’s many achievements include: Diploma of Management, Certificate IV in Frontline Management and conference organiser for the ALGWA NSW Branch conference when it was hosted by BCC
Allyson has been nominated by the BCC General Manager for the 2012 Minister’s Award for Women in Local Government, represent Council at many conferences including ‘Females in IT and Telecommunications’ & ALGWA conferences.
Allyson has been a tireless worker in many areas of council with a main focus on improving the conditions of work and empowering women. She volunteered on the following: member of the BCC ‘Strong Women Influencing Future Trends’ committee. This committee was part of the national framework for Women in Local Government and produced several projects including a documentary showcasing the diverse roles of women at Council.
First ever woman Chair of the Staff Consultative Committee for 6 years and staff delegate for 10 years, member of the Enterprise Agreement committee for 9 years during which she played a pivotal role in introducing the 16 week paid maternity leave and extending parental leave.
Member of the United Services Union Women’s committee for 9 years & is now co-chair of this committee which focuses on family and women issues, mentoring, career paths, recognition of skills, domestic violence, women’s conferences and attending parliament.
Allyson has a strong passion for sport and still plays softball at local & state levels. She has won countless medals including a gold medal at the Australian Masters Gam
Engineer – Infrastructure and Asset Manager
Winner 2018 Marjorie Propsting Scholarship: Defying the stereotype – Leading in a non-traditional role.
“I commenced in the non traditional role of female engineer with work experience at Blacktown at the age of 19, and have worked in this male dominated field at Penrith City Council, the Hills Shire Council, in the private sector, and currently at Mosman Municipal Council.
I want to use the knowledge and skills I obtain to help demonstrate to other women engineers that there are opportunities available to enhance both their personal and professional development and to show that as a female engineer it is not difficult to achieve your goals. Strong women are important. I defied the stigma of working in a male dominated industry and I feel that I have enough experience personally and professionally to now be able to share what difficulties and successes I have had, with like-minded females. This support is important to young women at university level. This is the age of great decision making in their professional development. I believe that as a female Civil Engineer with a WHS qualification I will have more respect in my role, encouraging young women to listen and take on board advice from me.
I am passionate about health care and its delivery to meet the needs of our diverse community. As an elected member of Griffith City Council, I am exposed to the concerns of the community and can understand and represent their views and concerns.
Councillor, Griffith City Council since 2004 (including former Deputy Mayor) (Current) Director – Griffith Health Facilities Limited (Current)
Neways International Australia, Direct Marketer (Current) Justice of the Peace (Current)
Advocate for persons with disabilities and their carers
Skills & Experience
Chair – Local Emergency Management Committee (Griffith City Council) Chair – Communities Management Committee (Griffith City Council) Member – Country Education Foundation
Member – Local Area Health Advisory Board
Member – Murrumbidgee Irrigation
Member – Western Riverina Arts Board
Member – Western Riverina Community Library Management Committee
Member – Griffith Education Foundation Committee
Member – NSW Carers Association and also a Carers Representative of the Association
Australian Red Cross
Soroptimists International – Griffith Branch
Multicultural Disabilities Advocacy Association
Greater Southern Area Health Services Advisory Council
Former business owner (hair and beauty salon)
Confident and experienced
Community orientated Board Member and Councillor Extensive people , business and networking skills Experienced public speaker
Experienced lobbyist at Local, State and Federal levels (specifically health and disabilities)
Fluent in Italian
Born to Greek parents (and speaking fluent Greek) I was raised in Bondi in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. I now live in Holsworthy within the Liverpool LGA with my husband and 5 fur babies.
My background is customer service within the federal and state Public Service, working for the Department of Local Government and Shires Association, The Premier’s Department, The State Archives Department and The Department of Industrial Relations as well as The Defence Housing Authority. I have also worked for the NRMA and worked for 13 years as a bilingual customer service officer for Centrelink before leaving my desk job and moving on to public speaking.
I am also a woman living with a significant physical disability and I get about in a motorised wheelchair as I have since I was a small child.
I have previously run for federal, state and local government elections as I strongly believe there should be a higher percentage of women who also live with a disability elected in all types of government. With this in mind, I will be running as an Independent candidate in the Liverpool City Council elections in September.
From 2013 to 2016, I served as a Living Life My Way Ambassador for the Department of Ageing and Disability promoting disability rights via speaking engagements at workshops, conferences and seminars and appearing in several YouTube videos, newspaper articles and TV segments. This required me to travel around various parts of NSW.
I currently serve on 3 Liverpool Council committees (the Liverpool Access Committee, the Liverpool Environment Advisory Committee, and the Liverpool Civic Advisory Committee) and have been for a number of years as well as regularly attending Council Residents Group meetings.
I have previously served a number of years on the Management Committee of the Animal Justice Party NSW Branch where I also served as acting Convenor.
I am also currently serving on our local Special Religious Education (SRE) Board.
I am passionate about raising awareness for people living with disabilities, particularly women, our environment and animal welfare and I would love to see my community, as indeed everywhere, living in an environment that is accessible, equitable, clean, green and safe. I enjoy being active in my local church and I love dining out, going to the beach and seeing new places.
My strong sense of fairness and just treatment of our community and to ensure good and fair delivery of services, to see our community grow stronger led me to join Local Government, I was elected to Griffith City Council in September 2016.
I am a partner in a successful building business for the last 48 years as well as serving on many sporting and school committees as president and vice president. I have also worked as a Personal Assistance in a real estate company, a Community Health Educator/Nutrition with Griffith Community Health Centre, assistant in a family Graphic Design business and ran my deep tissue therapy business. However, all my life I’ve had this passion to help people and this passion encouraged me 20 years ago to become a counsellor and mediator. My aim has been to encouraging and support women on a journey of discovering who they really are by guiding them to look deep inside, and find that strong, powerful woman that has been buried deep for too long!
Committees and Associations I am involved in; -
Griffith Spring Fest Committee
Business Development and Major Projects Committee
Griffith CBD Upgrade Committee
Griffith Tourism and Events Committee
Griffith Community Centre Committee
Griffith Cemetery Working Group
Griffith Christmas Working Group
Suicide Prevention Committee
Griffith Base Hospital Redevelopment Committee
Griffith Country Education Foundation
On the Board of The Australian Man Cave (Supporting men to reduce the suicide rate)
Griffith Women in Business
Justice of the Peace Association
I am passionate about making a difference to better the lives of others and was elected to Ku-ring-gai Council in Nov 2018 in a by-election. I have a strong community focus and advocacy for supporting services in mental health, disability, youth suicide, domestic violence prevention and urban wildlife protection.
I am currently involved and volunteer with many local community groups including Girl Guides, Rotary, Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter, Triple H Community Radio, Wildthings NSW, Homelessness Task Force and Toastmasters; as well as a number of internal Council committees including the Community Safety Precinct Committee, KYDS and NSROC.
I have a professional background in banking and finance, business development, project management, events, transport, tourism and small business.
I am a member of the Liberal Women’s Council Executive and Chair of the More Liberal Women for Local Government Committee. I am looking forward to working with the ALGWA executive team to increase our current representation overall of women in local government positions and working towards the 50/50 target across all Councils in NSW.