National President Awarded Churchill Fellowship

ALGWA National President Cr Coral Ross has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship. Her project is to improve gender equality in local government by increasing the number of elected women Councillors. Cr Ross is one of 112 Australians awarded the prestigious Fellowships, announced today.

Making the announcement, Churchill Trust CEO Adam Davey said: 'Being recognised as a Churchill Fellow is a celebration of curiosity, they are ordinary Australians with extraordinary abilities and aspirations. The Churchill Fellowship recognises new ideas. It is a celebration of expertise, innovation, expanding knowledge and creating new and better ways of addressing issues that matter in Australia right now.'

'It is a tremendous honour and a privilege to have been awarded a Churchill Fellowship,' said Cr Ross. She will look at various projects and programs in the USA, Canada, UK, Sweden and Germany.

“I chose these countries for different reasons,” said Cr Ross. “The USA because there has been a huge number of women standing for office this year and a vast number of programs. Canada is very similar to us and also has programs for school girls and university students. The UK could have some good learnings, especially for NSW and Sweden has the highest number of women in local government.

“I intend to disseminate the learnings through ALGWA,” she added.

The Fellowship covers the cost of overseas travel.