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ALGWA Inc 60th Anniversary Dinner

ALGA Delegates, members and friends are invited to join ALGWA National celebrations for our 60th Anniversary.
Invited guests include:
The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia
Hon Simon Crean MP, Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government
Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for the Status of Women
Cr Genia McCaffery, President, Australian Local Government Association

Click here to download the Australian Local Government Women's Association 60th Anniversary registration Form.

Please note bookings will only be accepted with payment.

Local Councils Support Rural Women

Proving that Australia's rural women are just as tech-savvy
as their urban sisters, the National Rural Women's Coalition (NRWC) will celebrate International Women's Day 2011 by connecting women in rural and remote areas around the country through a live and interactive webinar with the host of ABC's Compass program, Geraldine Doogue AO.

Supported by funding from the Commonwealth Office for Women, NRWC will hold this high-tech and all-inclusive event for all women in rural, regional and remote Australia on 8 March 2011, the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day Ms Karen Tully, NRWC Chair, said that the live, interactive webinar will be broadcast during a nation-wide morning tea for women living in rural and remote areas.

Ms Tully invites local government councils to register as hosts for a morning tea and so participate in the event.

NRWC invites all women living in rural, regional and remote areas to participate in the morning tea through their local Council. NRWC has some funding available to offset costs to Councils.

All women are welcome to participate and are encouraged to join the National Rural Women's Network by visiting to strengthen connections whilst celebrating 100 years of International Women's Day.

Councils in rural, regional and remote areas can participate in the NRWC's International Women's Day celebrations by registering on the NRWC website or on the numbers below.

An information sheet for councils considering participation is also available on the website.

2010 Year of Women in Local Government

The Australian Local Government Women's Association joins in the celebration of 2010 the Year of Women in Local Government.

The launch of the 2010 Year of Women in Locla Governmnet was hosted by the City of Sydney and attended by Federal, State and Local Government representatives, Year of Local Government Ambassadors, Local Government CEO's, General Managers and Local Government employees.

Cr Karen McKeown, Ambassador for NSW and ALGWA NSW State President attended on behalf of the ALGWA National Executive.

Minister Albanese stated that Local Government as the level of government closest to the community, makes an important contribution to the nation, delivering vital infrastructure and human services. "Given the contribution Local Governments make and the role they play, it is absolutley critical that they remain relevant to, and in touch with their communities" Minister Albanese said. "Less than a third of Councillors are women, and only seven per cent of CEO's are women."

The ALGWA is greatly appreciative of the commitment of the Australian Government to the 50:50 Vision Council for Gender Equity. The Government has provided $250,000 for ALGWA's three year program which will audit councils to determine the status and partcipation of women in leadership adn decision making roles. The ALGWA will also work with the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government to improve the collection of data and reporting on the status of women in the Local Government sector.

Help Support the Paid Parental Leave Scheme.

After many decades of campaigning, a universal Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme is finally within reach in Australia.

The federal government will shortly be introducing the PPL bill into the parliament. However, there has been some recent uncertainty regarding the opposition parties' response to the bill and there remains concern as to whether the passage of the bill will be supported. In order to make it clear that the general public expects a fully operational scheme to be up and running by 1 January 2011, the ACTU will be presenting a petition to the federal Parliament in early June.
To have maximum impact, you are invited to take part in collecting signatures on the Paid Parental Leave Petition over the next 4 weeks.
The aim is to have at least 10,000 signatures to deliver to the Parliament and media during the PPL debate.

Download the properly constituted petition, complying with the parliamentary rules, to ensure it can be officially tabled in Parliament. Please print the required number of copies you need and gather as many names and signatures as you can and post them back to PO Box 47, Hamilton 2303 by 19 May.
Mark to the attention of Jodie Harrison, USU Womens Officer Please note that under parliamentary rules, no photocopied signatures are allowed - this also means no scanned signatures, which is why the original signed petitions need to be returned.
Thanks for your help in ensuring that we have a nation-wide paid parental leave scheme as promised.
Jodie Harrison
USU Womens Officer

Wentworth Rural Women's Gathering Program and Registration 2010

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The Women's Gatherings are an annual weekend event organised by local committees with support from the Rural Women's Network and its NSW Rural Women's Council.

The organising committee makes key decisions, develops a theme and the weekend program. Each Gathering reflects the unique culture, industry, tourism and environment of the host community.

Womens Gatherings are for ALL rural women including: farming women; Aboriginal women; women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; mining women; women in the fishing industry; women who live in regional cities, towns and villages; and coastal women.

Gatherings are now a well established annual state-wide community event for all rural women.

Click here to download the 2010 Wentworth Rural Women's Gathering Program and Registration forms.


LGA NSW Conference Albury 2010 - Networking Breakfast

Kellie Mills, guest, is a coach, mentor, a creative thinker and leader. She is passionate about working with women. She is an exceptionally gifted trainer and motivates people to accept new behaviours in the workplace or organi- sation which allows them to own the outcomes. Among many awards recognising her work, Kellie was named Woman of the Year in 2005 for the Port Macquarie electorate. She is currently writing a book to help empower women.

Click here to download the LGA NSW Conference Albury 2010 Networking Breakfast registration Form.

Please note bookings will only be accepted with payment.

The Gunnedah Women's Forum

The Gunnedah Women's Forum will raise the awareness and inform the Local Govern- ment sector on the value and contribution of all women employed, elected and involved in Local Government. Prompted by Gunnedah's strong association with the koala, the forum theme entitled ‘Shaking the Branches of Local Government' will seek to explore the challenges faced by women within Local Government and advocate notions of personal strength, going out on a limb, making one's presence felt and having a voice, climbing the branches of personal growth and also suggests a fresh approach or new perspective to tackling issues. The forum will create a useful framework for wom- en wanting to gain practical knowledge and skills to advance their career in Local Government and to raise the awareness and educate key decision makers on the value and contribution of women in the workplace.

Click here to download the Gunnedah Women's Forum Agenda / Registration Form.

ALGWA National Executive Networking Breakfast

ALGA Delegates, members and friends are invited to join the ALGWA National Executive for a Networking Breakfast with Special Guest Parliamentary Secretary the Hon Maxine McKew MP

Maxine McKew is the Member for Bennelong and Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. She previously held the portfolio of Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Childcare.

Before making the switch to politics, Maxine spent thirty years as a broadcaster and print journalist. She is a Walkley and Logie award winner and through coverage of national and international events, earned a reputation as one of the country's most authoritative interviewers.

Cost per person $ 50-00 (Inc GST). A cooked breakfast will be served.
Click here to download the Registration / Booking Form.

Please note bookings will only be accepted with payment.

The Fourth Annual Women's Leadership Symposium

Every year the Australian Women's Leadership Symposium provides an unparalleled opportunity for hundreds of Australian women to gather together to explore contemporary leadership theory and observe current ‘best practice' examples.
Through participation in the two-day program, female leaders from all sectors and industries are exposed to state-of-the-art leadership thinking, delivered first-hand by Australia's most inspirational leaders, trainers and academics.

Click here to download the The Fourth Annual Women's Leadership Symposium Agenda / Registration Form.


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Sydney City Council 6th February 2016
Gunnedah 12th March 2016
Penrith 28th May 2016

Wollondilly 8th October 2016
Gundagai 3rd December 2016 (TBC)
Tenterfield 4th February 2017 (TBC)

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Australian Local Government Women's Association NSW Increase in Paid Parental Leave Survey
Please download and complete the survey and forward to ALGWA NSW via fax or to the ALGWA NSW Postal address