ALGWA NSW Forums
For a number of years, ALGWA NSW has conducted Forums for women in metropolitan and rural areas, encouraging women to stand for Local Government elections and supporting female staff members into leadership roles.
These Forums can be held in council areas where the ALGWA Executive meets, particularly where there is an ALGWA Executive member associated with that council.
However, any council can apply through the ALGWA NSW President to host a forum.
ALGWA has developed a presentation, including a power point and a kit designed to achieve these aims, and conducts a Q and A session. The ALGWA NSW Executive members also share their knowledge and experience to support women attendees.
The council will be required to provide the venue, some light refreshments and assist with publicity in the community and region, inviting women to attend. There is no charge from ALGWA, which is an organisation of volunteers.
Prior to NSW Local Government elections, ALGWA Executive members have volunteered to travel to regions all over the state and presented to women interested in standing as elected representatives. The Minister for Local Government approved these presentations being held in conjunction with the official Local Government election information sessions. They have proven to be very popular and the feedback has been that they do help women get elected.
For instance, the current ALGWA NSW President Cr Marianne Saliba and the former ALGWA NSW Country Vice president Cr Judith Hannan conducted a Forum in Gundagai prior to the election of councillors to the newly amalgamated Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Shire Council. Two of the women who attended were successfully elected to council.
ALGWA NSW is planning to conduct a number of Forums around the state for women interested in standing for council in the Local Government elections in 2019.
Is your council willing to host an ALGWA NSW Forum and promote gender equity in Local Government?
Contact ALGWA NSW President Cr Marianne Saliba, Mayor of Shellharbour City.