About Us


  • National President

    Cr Coral Ross

    National President

    In 2014 Coral received one of the '100 Women of Influence Awards' announced by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac, recognising her service to local government. She retired as the Victorian Branch President in 2016, after serving two consecutive terms; this was as required by the Victorian branch constitution,. She remains on the Victorian committee as Metro Representative. Coral was first elected to Boroondara Council in 2002, and has served as mayor 3 times. She also served as Interim President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV). In April 2017 she was re-elected National President for a further term of two years.

  • National Vice President

    Rebecca Hersant

    National Vice President

    Rebecca is the first President of the Queensland branch who is not an elected member within Local Government.

    Rebecca has a MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management and Communications, and is the Client Relations Manager at Local Buy Pty. Ltd., which was established by the Local Government Association of Qld as a procurement service for Councils and government entities. She was elected National Vice President in April 2017 for a two year term.

  • National Secretary

    Helen Harris OAM

    National Secretary

    Helen served as a Councillor with the City of Whitehorse from 2005, retiring in 2016; she also served as mayor 2008/9. In 2016 she stepped down as secretary of the Victorian Branch after serving in that capacity for 6 years and was awarded a Life membership for her service. She is now the Victorian treasurer and accepted the new position of Executive Officer there. In April 2017 she was again seconded for the position of National Secretary, for a further two year term.

  • National Treasurer

    Cr Alwyn Friedersdorff

    National Treasurer

    Alwyn has been a Councillor with Waratah-Wynyard Council since 2002, and is the Tasmanian delegate to the Board. She is also the current President of the National Rural Women's Coalition. In April 2017 she was re-elected as National Treasurer for a further two year term.

  • New South Wales Representative

    Vicki Scott

    New South Wales Representative.

    Vicki served three terms as a Councillor with Gosford Council until forced Council amalgamations in 2016. She is the President of the NSW Branch.

  • Northern Territory Representative.

    Katrina Fong Lim

    Northern Territory Representative.

    Katrina is the popularly elected Lord Mayor of Darwin, the Northern Territory's Capital City and the only Capital City in the tropics. Previous to that she worked in the community sector. She is also the N.T. Branch President..

  • South Australian Representative

    Cr Betty Gill

    South Australian Representative

    Betty is President of the South Australian Branch and was first elected to Salisbury Council in 1989, serving continuously ever since. In 2015 she was awarded the inaugural Joy Baluch Award which recognises the contribution of women Councillors in South Australia. She served as National Vice President from 2015-2017, and stepped down at the AGM.

  • Western AustraliaRepresentative.

    Cr Janet Davidson OAM JP

    Western Australia Representative.

    Janet has been a Councillor with the City of Perth since 1998, and is the Western Australian branch President.