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, and was awarded a Life Membership in 2017.

    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 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. Over four years she has reorganised and catalogued the Association's archives, lodging material from the 1990s to 2011 with the National Library of Australia who hold the earlier material.

  • National Treasurer

    Alwyn Friedersdorff

    National Treasurer

    Alwyn served as a Councillor with Waratah-Wynyard Council from 2002 to 2018, and is the Tasmanian delegate to the Board. She served as President of the National Rural Women's Coalition from 2016-2018. In April 2017 she was re-elected as National Treasurer for a further two year term.

  • New South Wales Representative

    Cr Marianne Saliba

    New South Wales Representative.

    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 is the current President of ALGWA (NSW Branch), Director of Civic Risk Mutual West, and Director of Mutual Management Services.

    Marianne is passionate about supporting women in Local Government.

  • 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 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 Samantha Fenn

    Western Australia Representative.

    Councillor Samantha Fenn was elected to Wanneroo Council in October 2015. She has had links to Wanneroo for over 20 years. She holds both a Bachelor of Nursing Degree, along with a Masters of Business Administration. Samantha is currently a delegate or deputy delegate on over 12 community groups or committees. She has special interests in the performing arts, health, youth services and sports. Sam will have more opportunity to promote women's interests in her new work role, as a Business Development Manager within the health field, along side her work in ALGWA.