About Us


  • National President

    Cr Marianne Saliba

    National President

    Marianne was elected to Shellharbour City council and Deputy Mayor in 2011; in 2012 she was elected Mayor and re-elected Mayor every year since. Re-elected to council in September 2017, she is the current Mayor.

    Prior to Council, Marianne represented the state seat of Illawarra in the NSW Parliament from 1999 to 2007. During that time she held various positions on Joint Standing Committees including the Regulation Review Committee, and the Staysafe Committee, and was Chairperson of the Electoral Matters Committee.

    Marianne retired as President of ALGWA (NSW Branch) earlier this year. She remains a Director of Civic Risk Mutual West, and Director of Mutual Management Services.

    Marianne is passionate about supporting women in Local Government.

  • National Vice President

    Cr Coral Ross

    National Vice 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, and was awarded a Life Membership in 2017. She served as National President for two terms, retiring as required at the 2019 AGM.

    Coral was first elected to Boroondara Council in 2002, and has served as mayor 3 times. In 2019 she was inducted into the Victorian Women's Honour Roll and was elected as MAV President.


  • National Secretary

    Flora Lepouras

    National Secretary

    Flora has been employed by Shellharbour City Council in various roles for over 32 years. She commenced as a trainee in 1987 and completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Wollongong University while undertaking her first role as an Administration Officer. She is now the Executive Manager and Public Officer for Council and manages the Councillor Services, Governance, Legal, Media, Risk, WHS and Internal Audit functions. Flora has particular expertise, knowledge and experience in local government governance and meeting procedure and continues to support the Council in these functions.

    Flora is also a Mediator with National Accreditation and holds professional membership with the Resolution Institute and is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Flora can be reached on algwa@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au

  • National Treasurer

    Debra Thurley

    National Treasurer

    I will ensure ALGWA and its aims are promoted.

    As an Alderman I was dedicated to the work of Local Government including committee work.

    Sitting on the Tasmanian Board of a National Charity I work to raise funds to support those affected by disability or disadvantaged due to illness, achieve their sporting goals. I promote inclusiveness in Sport.

    I hope my acquired broad perspective and versatile skill set, with knowledge of Local and State Government, the Tasmanian Parliament, Small Business Directorship & Management, private and public Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Communication and Engagement will add value to our wonderful Association.

  • Northern Territory Representative.

    Fay Miller

    Northern Territory Representative.

    Fay was elected to Katherine Town Council in a by-election in 2002, then elected as the Member for Katherine in the NT Legislative Assembly at a by-election in 2004. Following a vehicle accident in which she received a serious injury, she resigned from the NT Legislative Assembly in 2008 to fully recover.

    Fay was elected as Mayor of Katherine in March 2012 and re-elected in August 2017. She is an Executive Member of the NT Local Government Association, Chair of the Big Rivers Regional Economic Development Committee, Board member of Savannah Way, NT Ministerial Advisory Council for Senior Territorians, and involved with numerous community organisations in Katherine. She is also the N.T. Branch President.

    Fay can be contacted on 0407 720 511

  • Cr Jan Clifford

    Cr Jan Clifford

    Queensland Representative

    Jan was elected to the Whitsunday Regional Council in 2008 for Division 1 which covers the area of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.

    She has served ALGWA Queensland in the capacity of Zone 2 representative and as State President.

    Jan sits on numerous boards and has been recently made a Rotary International “Paul Harris Fellow” for her service to the community.

    Prior to being elected Jan worked in the tourism industry.

  • South Australian Representative

    Cr Julie Woodman JP

    South Australian Representative

    Julie Woodman was elected to Salisbury Council in a by-election in 2008 and in 2018 was elected to the position of Deputy Mayor for a term of two years.

    Julie joined ALGWA SA in 2010 and until being elected as President in October 2019 she served as Deputy President (Metropolitan) for nine years.

    Until retiring from full-time employment in 2018, Julie was Office Manager in the State Electorate Office of Taylor for 17 years.

    Julie is a Justice of the Peace, has served on the NAWMA (Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority) Board for six years and has been Treasurer of the Salisbury Suicide Prevention Team for two years. She is also an Honorary Member of Salisbury Rotary and serves on a number of community committees.

    Julie is a strong advocate for Gender Equality and mentoring of women in Local Government.

  • Cr Karen Wheatland

    Cr Karen Wheatland

    President ALGWA Western Australia

    Deputy Local Government Advisory Board, Executive member of National Council of Women WA, Chair of FMARC, City of Melville, Chair Local Emergency Management Committee, City of Melville, Board Member, Caralee Community School, National Rep of Maritime Union of Australia Women’s Committee, Member of Local Committees within City of Melville

    Karen’s professional background is as a seafarer in the maritime industry, where she helped establish the National Women’s Committee of the Maritime Union of Australia.

    Karen was recently appointed as Deputy to the Local Government Advisory Board and is a passionate advocate for Women, not only in Local Government but across the board.

    “The importance of increasing women in the sector to achieve true equality has never been as vital as it is now. We are gaining more ground to bridge the gap between men and women in local government, and with the recent increase of 23% since 2017 of women in elected positions in WA, the proof is in the results. I am driven to help facilitate change for women in the sector and also to increase the number of women from CALD backgrounds.”

    She is a Mum of two teenage girls with a passion for sport, youth and inclusive community development.