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

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

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