Mornington Peninsula shines at ALGWA 2023 National Conference

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Councillors and local government officers from around Australia have come together on the Mornington Peninsula for the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) 2023 National Conference.

The conference, held at the RACV Cape Schanck Resort, was an opportunity for women working in local government to network, share experiences, participate in meaningful and career-orientated workshops and learn from the many high-calibre presenters and panellists.

With one third of the 180 delegates from interstate and a mix of rural and regional councils, the event also showcased the Mornington Peninsula to the rest of Australia.

Delegates were invited to find new connections, be inspired by the stories of others and thrive on their leadership journey. Speakers and panels covered topics such as demography, leadership, women in sport, mentoring, diversity, women on boards and governance.

A one-day trade show held during the conference promoted local businesses, with guests able to sample and purchase a range of products, including fresh produce, beers and wine, health foods and confectionery.

Mornington Peninsula Shire would like to thank our event sponsors – the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and The Arts; Bendigo Bank; Vision Super; and Leading Roles for their generous support.

Quotes from Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Cr Steve Holland

“What an amazing success this event has been for the Peninsula and for the support of women in local government. Hosting this event also promoted the Peninsula and our organisation to other Councils and helped foster new relationships and opportunity-building within the sector.”

Quotes from Mornington Peninsula Shire Deputy Mayor, Cr Debra Mar

“I was thrilled to see so many women in local government gathered on the Mornington Peninsula.

“Despite some promising gains in recent years, women are still significantly under-represented on Council and in senior leadership positions.

“With seven out of 11 councillors at the Mornington Peninsula Shire being female, this Council embodies the change we all want to see.

“Female leadership brings balance and diversity of experience and perspectives, which is crucial to the success of any organisation.”

Quotes from Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO, John Baker

“The Shire has a long-standing commitment towards gender equality, including promoting women’s independence and decision-making and challenging gender stereotypes.

“The conference was an opportunity for us to show our support for female leadership and to create an environment that fosters connection, growth and learning.

“We are passionate about growing female leadership at the Shire, establishing women in leadership pathways and breaking down barriers to women taking part in career and leadership development.”

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in hosting this important event for the Shire, our community and women in local government.”

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