Friday, May 13, 2011

algwa visits ballarat

It was wonderful to join with colleagues from across the state under the banner of the Australian Local Government Women's Association Victorian Branch in Ballarat.

The presidential trio, here I am (Cr Samantha Dunn - VLGA President) pictured with MAV President Cr Bill McArthur and Kate Lempriere - ALGWA Victorian Branch President.

ALGWA was first formed in 1951, in 1952 Cr Violet P Lambert of the Shire of Ferntree Gully was one of the founding members of the Victorian committee of ALGWA.

The Shire of Ferntree Gully, preceeded the Shire of Sherbrooke and the now Shire of Yarra Ranges. I have long admired Cr Lambert, dedicated to her community she served as a local councillor for a hefty 31 years. She was instrumental in ensuring maternal child health services in the region as well as water security by developing Belgrave Reservoir (now Belgrave Lake).

ALGWA provides a great opportunity for women in local government to get together and talk about the wide range of issues women face in the sector. They are committed to furthering women's knowledge, understanding and participation in the function of local government and actively support women to become involved in their communities and key decision making at a local government level.

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