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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.
Colleen is a tireless worker at State and Local Government and the Community of Gunnedah.
Meals on Wheels, local (chair) for ten years involved for forty years and has served at State (board member) for the last three year and as the last year as Vice President .
Miners Support Groups, local and National Founder of the organisation in 1995/2016.
I’m currently the Country Vice President of Australian Local Government Women’s Assoc NSW. I have been involved since 2006 through to 2018. President, Vice President, then re-elected as a board member March 2016.
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.
Northern Inland Group Board New England Advisory Council member.
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 Dorothea McKellar Society, Gunnedah Scouts and Gunnedah Group 4 Rugby League Club.
Colleen has been appointed to the Rural Hunter New England State Health the first to be announced by the Member for Tamworth on the 4th May 2016.
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
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.
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
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.
Leigh was elected to the newly merged Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council in September 2017. She had moved from the Northern Beaches, Sydney in March, 2012, to live a quiet life in the country. As it turned out, that was not to be.
Leigh holds a BA Dip Ed (MacU), an MA (Women's Studies) (UNSW), an Advanced Diploma in Applied Aboriginal Studies (Tranby Aboriginal Cooperative College) and has completed half an MA in Indigenous Studies (UNSW).
She has worked as a secondary school teacher, as a casual academic in the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Program at CSU, UNE, UNSW and UTS and as a community educator. Leigh has held the positions of CEO and Community Relations Manager for two National Not-For-Profit Organisations and has owned and managed a two successful small business.
Since moving to Cootamundra, Leigh has become very involved in the local community. She is on the Management Committee of The Arts Centre and the Committee of U3A, where she is currently the Course Co-ordinator. In July, 2014, she convened a social justice group, AWARE, Cootamundra and Surrounds Social Justice and Environment group which runs a Face Book page and undertakes activities in the town to raise awareness about social justice issues. She is a member (non-Indigenous, non-voting) of the Cootamundra Aboriginal Working Party and of the Gundagai Cultural Group. Although the Council representative on a number of S355 Committees, as a member of the Cootamundra Tourism Action Group she is working hard to develop and promote the attractions of Cootamundra, increasing tourism and promoting economic development.
Leigh’s election slogan was “Making Things Happen”. She can and she does! Most importantly Leigh has experience in listening to and consulting with a wide range of people to ensure that everyone has a voice on the issues that affect them.
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.
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.
Lisa Matthews is a proud Central Coast mother of two. She has lived and worked in this community for over 20 years. During this time she has worked tirelessly both in paid and volunteer roles to champion gender equality for women of the Central Coast.
Lisa was elected to Council in 2008 and appointed as Deputy Mayor in 2011. She has remained on Council for the past 12years.
Prior to becoming a Councillor, Lisa worked for Council as a Community Development worker where she focused her energies on working with vulnerable families and building community capacity. As a result of this work Lisa’s passion for women in leadership in Local Government has seen her champion this issue to ensure appropriate mentoring and pathways are created for young women.
Lisa has been Chairperson of the Status of Women Advisory Group (SOWAG) for 8 years and also a member of the traffic committee, consultative committee, sports committee and grants committee
Lisa currently works as a Community liaison officer with Department of Education where she actively provides programs that promote the importance of lifelong learning and empowers young people with tools to equip them later in life.
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
I am an employee for Penrith City Council in the Local Planning Department as the 149 Certificate Officer in the Information Services Unit.
I have been employed for approximately 15 years as a council officer. Currently I hold the position of Convenor of the Joint Consultative Committee at Penrith City Council.
I am an Executive Member of the United Services Union and hold a position on the USU Women's Committee.
I am a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 4.
My aim is to grow the membership of ALGWA (NSW) and to encourage women who have an interest in Local Government to become active.
Wendy Waller was first elected to Liverpool Council in 1995 and is currently serving her second term as Mayor. Having had extensive experience in local government including being Deputy Mayor for 4 years, Wendy was the first woman to be elected as Mayor in 2008. Wendy has chaired numerous community committees over the last 30 years.
Wendy has been a member of ALGWA for over 12 years and holds a Masters in Social Administration, Bachelor of Arts with a Psychology major, Associate Diploma of Welfare studies and an Executive Certificate in Local Government.
Wendy works in the local community as a therapist, managing a not for profit organisation. Wendy has worked with disadvantaged families within communities in South West Sydney for thirty years. Wendy and her husband have raised their four children in the area and her family have lived in Liverpool for over 60 years.
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.