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4 November, 2020


Cassowary Coast Regional Council (CCRC) recently congratulated Councillor Kylie Farinelli following her recent nomination and election to the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) QLD Branch as Zone 1 Representative.

The Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA) was founded in 1951 and was formed as a non-party political organisation to support women's participation in Local Government.

Councillor Farinelli whose position on the ALGWA board covers all Councils from North of Burdekin and West to Mount Isa said “Each of the state branches seek to strengthen networking, mentoring and innovative opportunities that encourage and support women in local government,”

“Thirty-seven percent of the CCRC workforce are women, 33% of manager roles are filled by women and 78% of co-ordinator lead roles are filled by women,” said Councillor Farinelli.

“The Association works hard to support women’s participation in local government and to ensure that women’s voices are heard and represented equally.”

“Geographically, I have the largest zone in Queensland and I am proud to have this opportunity and will be encouraging not only my fellow female Councillors to participate, but also other women in all roles across CCRC.

“Australia was the first country in the world where women could stand for Government and I am passionate to be representing women across Zone 1 and empowering women to participate in Local Government, in any capacity.

“Part of my role is to provide networking opportunities and encourage attendees to widen their networks and share their experiences with each other. I will also be looking to provide training opportunities across the zone,” she said.

Farinelli, a passionate advocate for supporting women who stand up and deliver change in their communities said she was honoured to receive the role and looked forward to sharing her experiences with the wider network.

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