Welcome to ALGWA WA

Welcome to ALGWA WA

The Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA) is the peak body representing the interests of women in local government – either as officers or elected members. The Association seeks to assist in furthering women's knowledge, understanding and participation in the function of local government.

ALGWA (WA) aims to improve diversity in community decision-making by encouraging and supporting women in, and into, local government. We do this by providing our members with opportunities to network, learn new skills, and find support from other people in the industry. We also hope to increase the number of women in elected and executive positions.

Our Aims:

  • Assist in furthering women’s knowledge and understanding of the functions of Local Government
  • Encourage women to participate in Local Government
  • Encourage women to make a career from Local Government
  • Protect the interests and rights of women in Local Government
  • Take action in relation to any subject or activity affecting Local Government and Local Government legislation
  • Act in an advisory capacity to intending women candidates for Local Government elections

Membership of ALGWA is open to anyone interested in supporting women’s participation in Local Government. Membership includes elected Councillors, Employees in Local Government, former Mayors and Councillors, individual Councils and Shires and intending candidates for Local Government elections.


Presidents Message

I trust that you are all keeping well and are all safe during the Covid-19 crisis. We are going through unprecedented times and its made us operate in a way that is not too familiar to any of us. I, for one, have found the increase in meetings, via electronic means, even more demanding on our time and our roles. The staff have worked tirelessly and smartly to ensure the transition of Council Meetings, of Briefing Forums, information sessions and Committees was uninterrupted and I’d like to congratulate everyone who has been involved in this process as I understand that it’s been a lot of hard work. The work our Admin do is phenomenal and needs to be celebrated more often, so thank you for all that you do.

To our elected members, it’s been a trying time, full of rates reviews, stimulus packages, welfare and survival. Protecting our community’s has been paramount and the onus has been on survival mostly as this is affecting everyone in ways that we have not seen since the wartime. Keep on working together and being vigilant because this is not over. I commend the work that each and every one of you is putting in, we are all in this together.

From a WAWA’s perspective we had much to celebrate this year with the celebration marking 100 years since the first woman was elected to any tier of Government, here in Western Australia. Unfortunately we only celebrated her achievement once, with the induction of Cr Elizabeth Clapham into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame and with our first event at the Town of Cottesloe, having to be postponed. We had many exciting events planned, with all of them on ice at the moment, however we are planning a virtual event in the coming months to celebrate this occasion.

We are in the process now of getting a diary put together for our members and what we require of you all is a headshot or images of you at work, in the community, in your shire/town or city. At a minimum if you could email in a high res copy of yourself for our diary we would greatly appreciate it. This need to be to us no later than Monday 1st June, or even before 0900 on Tuesday the 2nd of June. We are running to a strict deadline and need your images to celebrate women in LG.

Lastly send us in your stories of any Covid-19 happenings. We would love to hear from you.

Stay safe, keep well and hopefully we will see you all soon.

In unity

Cr Karen Wheatland
ALGAWAWA President

P: 0401335642
E: karen.wheatland@melville.wa.gov.au


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