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  • Marianne Saliba

    Marianne Saliba


    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

  • Vicki Scott

    Vicki Scott

    Immediate Past President

    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.

  • Colleen Fuller

    Colleen Fuller

    Country Vice President

    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.

    Multicultural Commission 
    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.

  • Cr Julie Griffiths JP

    Cr Julie Griffiths JP

    City Vice President

    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. 

  • Allyson Bradford

    Allyson Bradford


    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 Games.

  • Jennifer Lecky

    Jennifer Lecky


    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.

  • Denise Wilton

    Denise Wilton

    Media & Website

    I have been an ALGWA NSW member since 1999, the year I was elected to Mosman Council, where I served 13 years including 3 years as mayor. I have been an ALGWA Executive member and the editor of the ALGWA NSW Newsletter for a long time. I am very proud to have been involved over that time in ALGWA’s campaigns, forums, programs and issues affecting women in Local Government and women in general.

    I am grateful to have met and worked alongside so many committed, pro-active and significant women through my association with ALGWA. 

  • Cr Dianna Baker

    Cr Dianna Baker

    Executive Member

    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. 

  • Cr Cassandra Coleman

    Cr Cassandra Coleman

    Executive Member

    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.

  • Cr Charishma Kaliyanda

    Cr Charishma Kaliyanda

    Executive Member

    Cr Charishma Kaliyanda was raised in Liverpool after, like many other Liverpool residents, migrating to the area with her family as a young girl.

    She is a registered Occupational Therapist and currently works for headspace – the national youth mental foundation, to build awareness of and reduce stigma around mental health and well-being so that young people can access the help they need in the community. Charishma has worked with young people across many industries to build skills and capacities in the last 10 years.

    She brings to Council skills and experience in community engagement, advocacy, policy development, administration, volunteering, board membership as well as a passion and commitment to moving Liverpool forward.

    Charishma believes the growth of Liverpool lies in the ability of our Councillors to be transparent, accountable and approachable.

  • Polly Fiona Makim

    Polly Fiona Makim

    Executive Member

    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.

  • Soraya Mahomed

    Soraya Mahomed

    Executive Member

    Engineer – Infrastructure and Asset Manager
    Mosman Council

    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. 

  • Cr Karen McKeown JP

    Cr Karen McKeown JP

    Executive Member

    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.

    Mobile: 0401995945
  • Bev Spearpoint

    Bev Spearpoint

    Executive Member

    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.

  • Cr Wendy Waller

    Cr Wendy Waller

    Executive Member

    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.

  • Cr Sera Yilmaz

    Cr Sera Yilmaz

    Executive Member

    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.