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 was elected to Gosford City Council in 2004 and again in 2008. I have attended all but one ALGWA NSW conference since 2004, and acknowledge the important role the organisation plays in supporting and encouraging women in local government. At the 2009 conference I was elected to the Executive of ALGWA NSW. Many aspects of local government interest me and I am on council committees dealing with playgrounds, libraries, the arts, womens issues, literacy etc. My background is in publishing but a major interest of mine (as well as family and representing my constituents on council) is the NSW P&C Federation, a lobby group for public education, where I hold the office of Country Vice President. I believe we are all equal and all levels of government have to acknowledge that by decisions which show social justice and financial equity.
I was elected 2008-2012 Local Government Elections in Blacktown. Being a Councillor was one of the most fulfilling positions I have ever held. During my term on Blacktown City Council we won the bid to host the ALGWA Conference 2010 which was the 60th Anniversary of the Australian Local Government Women's Association.
I have been a member of the Australian Local Government Women's Association for a number of years and have previously held the Position of President 2010-2013 & City Vice President 2004-2006 & 2008-2010. I assisted in the development of the ALGWA Website and I am an active member on the Executive. I was also an active member on the Round Table discussing the National Framework for Women in Local Government and the Joint Ministerial Advisory Council appointed by the Minister.
I was employed by Parramatta City Council from 1991-1996 in the records department.
In 1997 -2012 I was employed by the United Services Union whereby I represented local government and Private Sector employees, I have had the pleasure of running a number of successful campaigns for women in local government.
First elected to Liverpool Council in 1995. Held the Chair of Finance for 9 years and Community for 2 years.
Became Dep. Mayor in 2000, being Dep. Mayor for 4years. Re-elected as Mayor of Liverpool City Council in 2008 until 2012, first woman to ever be elected to this position. Re-elected as a Councillor in 2012. Been a member of ALGWA for over 12 years.
Wendy works in the local community as therapist, managing a not for profit organisation. Wendy has worked with disadvantaged families within communities in South West Sydney for thirty years. Wendy is married with four adult children completing her university studies as a mature student.
Councillor (Cr) Colleen Fuller was elected to Gunnedah Shire Council in March 2004 and serves on a number of Council Committees. Environment and Development, Crime Prevention, Australia Day, Sports Council ,Showground Committee.
Cr Fuller was recently honoured with the NSW Women in Local Government Award 2012 Rural & Regional Councillor.
Cr Fuller has served on the Ministerial Advisory Council of Local Government for Women and the Australian Local Government Womens Executitive committee.
Councillor Fuller's commitment to the welfare of Gunnedah and its residents is demonstrated by her contribution to Committees such as the Gunnedah Rural Fire Brigade, Chair of Meals on Wheels, Justice of the Peace , National President of the Miners Support Group Australian, local President of Gunnedah Miners Support Group, Chair of the Gunnedah Hospital Advisory Board, Chair of the Namoi Conservation Consultative Committee, "Its important to me that our local environment is protected and above all that our local water supply and quality is secured". Member of Gunnedah C.W.A. Branch, Day View Club ,Chair of Royal Far West Branch.
Cr Fuller also supports children youth issues including Kids with Cancer and Camp Quality. "I am very passionate about being able to help those that are less fortunate in our community to live happier and healthier lives. I have great love for our older people and they should be looked after loved and cared for no one should be alone with all the services Gunnedah are able to provide we are a very lucky town to have such a great Community Services.
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.
Councillor Sue Whelan was elected to Queanbeyan City Council in 1983 and re-elected at every election. Sue moved to Queanbeyan in 1973 and married a local, John Whelan and together they have three adult daughters and twin grandsons.
Cr Whelan has always been actively involved in community organisations including the YMCA where she is President and is also Chair of the BEC. Cr Whelan has been involved in Childcare organisations, Trees for Queanbeyan/Main Street Committee and West Queanbeyan Public School committees.
As a Councillor Cr Whelan has been involved in numerous Council committees. Cr Whelan is currently Chair of the Heritage Committee and the Queanbeyan/Palerang Library Committee and also served as Deputy Mayor for six years.
Cr Whelan is a life member of the Australian Local Government Women's Association and in 2009 was awarded the "Women in Local Government Award" Elected representative - Regional/Rural Council for her contribution to Local Government.
Cr Whelan was also the first Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Regional Development - aimed at improving Economic and Social development in Regional NSW.
Promoting Queanbeyan as the best place to live and work is one of Cr Whelan's main priorities and this is reflected in all her involvement in the Queanbeyan community and beyond.
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.
Darriea was re-elected as President at the 2005 ALGWA (NSW) Conference held at Albury.
Darriea has been instrumental in the development of ALGWA (NSW) Strategic Plan. Darriea has been a Councillor with the Broken Hill City Council since 1995 and works in Population Health for the Far West Area Health Service.
Darriea has also been on the Department for Women's Advisory Group for the Hands Up for Women in Council Project and the 10 Point Plan project.
Darriea was also been appointed to the National Framework for Women in Local Government Coordination Group for NSW.
Darriea is committed to the advancement of all Women in Local Government
Denise Wilton was a Mosman Councillor from 1999 to 2012, and a member of ALGWA during that time and up to the present.
She has been an Executive member since 2002 and is editor of the ALGWA NSW Newsletter.
Denise is a strong advocate for the principles of ALGWA and all women's issues
Councillor Jackie Greenow Deputy Mayor, Penrith City Council has lived in this area for many years.
Jackie has served on Council since 1995. Jackie served as Mayor from 2005 - 2006 and Deputy Mayor on three previous occasions, 1998, 2001 and 2002
Secretary of the Australian Local Government Women's Association for five years.
Represented on the Hawkesbury River County Council, St Clair/Erskine Park Safety Committee, Local Traffic Committee, the Sister Cities Association, Flood Mitigation Authority, Area Assistance Program, to name a few of many!
Jackie has three sons and one grandson
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
Jill Merrin was Councillor on Wollongong City Council from 2011 to 2017. During that time, she chaired the Environment and Sustainability Reference Group, and the Illawarra District Noxious Weeds Authority. She was also a member of the Active Transport Reference Group, the Aboriginal Reference Group, and the Traffic Committee.
She has a background in the plant sciences, as horticulturist, researcher and environmental manager. Her priorities include environmental protection, liveable cities, and gender equality.
Jill has been a member of ALGWA during her term as Councillor, and a member of the Executive since 2016. She is strong believer in the need for women to cooperate to achieve equality. While on Council, she introduced gender pay reporting for Council, with Wollongong being only the second NSW Council to do this. The first report is due in 2017, using the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s reporting format.
Jill married in 2015 after 25 years with her partner, but unfortunately had to travel to New Zealand for the purpose. She is looking forward to her marriage being recognised in Australia.