South Australia

The South Australian Branch of ALGWA provides networking opportunities for those interested in encouraging women's participation in Local Government. The South Australian Branch holds networking meetings, lunches, social functions, business meetings and provides a newsletter and mentoring. Information on the branch and activities planned throughout South Australia can be obtained from State Secretary, Cr Kristina Barnett at

The first female Councillor of a local government in Australia was Susan Grace Benny, who served two terms on the Brighton Council from 1919. The S.A. Branch is seeking support to install a bust of Grace (as she was known) on North Terrace Adelaide by 2019, the 100th anniversary of her election. The Branch has also established an annual Grace Benny Scholarship Award for South Australian Councillors. More detail can be found on their website.

In 1964 Ellinor Gertrude Walker helped form the Australian Local Government Women's Association South Australian Branch (ALGWA SA). The first President was Elizabeth Furner who became a Councillor for North Brighton Branch.

The South Australian branch was re formed in October 2005 with funding from the Australian Government Women's Leadership and Development Program provided to the ALGWA National Executive. The Branch has an active Committee with members from metropolitan and rural Councils and other agencies associated with local government. Members include women elected and working in local government. For Further information the South Australian Branch, please use the contacts below.