The Nationals. For Regional NSW.
You are here: Home : Media Releases

Media Releases

DUBBO WOMEN PART OF NEW NSW NATIONALS WOMEN'S COUNCIL

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The New South Wales Nationals held their first Women's Council in Sydney on June 1-2 in the first step to create a body within the party to mentor and encourage regional women to enter politics.

The Council's first meeting brought together more than 80 women from around regional NSW to elect leadership positions and decide on the future direction of the Council in promoting regional women in politics.

Dubbo electorate representatives included Pauline McAllister, Marie Maguire, Brie Colley and Belinda Strahorn.

NSW Nationals Chairman Mrs Christine Ferguson said the initiative was a welcome opportunity for regional women to share their skills and experience with others as well as to practice new skills, network and take their increased awareness and motivation back to help their communities.

"I am convinced the sheer talent and enthusiasm that was evident at this Council meeting will make this body a force to be reckoned with in representing regional women," Mrs Ferguson said.

"With a federal election looming, there is no better time for women within the NSW Nationals to take on a leadership role and also encourage others to get involved in representing their communities."

The NSW Minister for Women, Hon Pru Goward MP, was the first guest speaker at the two-day meeting, followed by a no less impressive list of female political powerhouses including the former Member for Riverina, Mrs Kay Hull; President of the NRMA, Wendy Machin; former president of the UN Women Australia, Sue Conde and Dr Jacky Abbott, president of the party's Federal Women's Council.

NSW Nationals female delegates from Electorate Councils joined current and former State and Federal Members of Parliament in discussing regional engagement strategies, maximising influence on policy and training opportunities over the two days.

Senator Fiona Nash, Jenny Gardiner MLC, Melinda Pavey MLC, Sarah Mitchell MLC and Leslie Williams MP played key roles in guiding delegate discussion on the aims of the Council and what it hoped to achieve.

Ballina Councillor Sharon Cadwallader was thrilled to be elected chairman of the new body following the productive two-day meeting.

"Two days of brainstorming has given us plenty of plans we would like to set in motion and I'm certain that together we will achieve great things for regional women sooner rather than later" Mrs Cadwallader said.

NSW Nationals Chairman Mrs Christine Ferguson  0409 147 057

NSW Nationals Women's Council Chairman Cr Sharon Cadwallader 0419 973 166


Recent Posts


Tags

Sport Local Land Services Farming Dubbo Macquarie Bushcare PSA Trangie Ballimore Crown Land Reserves NDIS seniors Christmas Council Property developers Budget State Infrastructure Strategy Dubbo Independant Schools funding Apollo Estate transport Unions NSW National's Qantas Waste management Graffiti Beat the heat Students Crown Lands new police recruits Carbon Farming Community Cabinet Mining State Emergency Services (SES) Companion Animals Taskforce Community Building Partnerships Nationals London CEO Strategic Land Use Seniors grants Cabonne Volunteer Bushland Marie Maguire Young Nationals Men's Sheds Tony McGrane Way Cookamidgera Food Community Grants Parliament House Hospitals Forbes Community Leaders Breakfast Olympic tickets Fair Trading Robyn Parker Harris Farm Murray Darling Basin Plan Bridges for the Bush Art Prize NSW Social Housing Pauline McAllister Catchment Management Authority Parkes, Forbes Flood Aboriginal Safe driving WRAS Cultural Heritage Mudgee John Robertson Elvis Carbon Tax Cobbora Mine Forbes and Parkes Hospital projects Tullamore Hangliding championships Dubbo City Council Environment Electricity prices Fire Services Levy Health Narromine Mental Health Wongarbon Belinda Strahorn Brie Colley School suspensions Housing Community Police regional economy Macquarie River Women Catholic Schools Transport Grants NILS Animals Parkes Peak Hill Showground Museum Education NSW Government Alcohol Charity and fundraising comunity transport roads NSW Premier Nurses Barden Park

Archive

Subscribe  RSS

Back to Top

Home
About Troy
The Nationals
News
Follow
Contact
  • 1/18 Talbragar Street, PO Box 1327
  • Dubbo NSW 2830
  • P: +61 6882 3577
  • F: +61 6882 3689