North Burnett shines bright for ALGWA conference

ALGWA Conference attendees at the Gayndah Art Gallery welcome function.
ALGWA Conference attendees at the Gayndah Art Gallery welcome function. Contributed

VISITING councillors left the North Burnett with a new appreciation of agriculture and future intentions of returning thanks to the Women in Local Government conference.

Prominent ex-Mayor of Noosa Bob Abott was among the guests during the three days. He was on hand to give helpful hints on running a successful campaign.

Mr Abott is a frequent visitor to the North Burnett in both a personal and professional capacity.

"I've been here a few times," Mr Abott said

"I visit town and have been a Mayor mentor previously, this place is Australiana."

The importance of the event for highlighting women in leadership positions was also a key factor to Mr Abott's involvement.

"These events are important particularly for women in our field," Mr Abott said.

CILLA SLACK: Put on a high energy performance.
CILLA SLACK: Put on a high energy performance. Adam Mccleery

Toowoomba Regional councillor Anne Glasheen has been a member of the Australian Local Government Woman's Association (ALGWA) since 1991 and has been present at every woman in conference.

Mrs Glasheen said she saw first hand the benefits to holding the annual event.

"Talking to other councillors, the friendships you make and the networking are all major positives," Mrs Glasheen said.

The three day event was focused around Country, Culture and Class with all three elements used to highlight the region.

The Bush Dinner held on the Thursday night was one such event that put a spot light on the local agriculture community with a stockman themed dinner and dress.

Local talent Cilla Slack was on hand for some light entertainment and injected extra life into the night's festivities as she weaved in and out of tables while belting out country tunes.

Councillor Jo Dowling was integral in organising the event and said she was proud of what her colleagues achieved with limited resources.

"I think the event went exceptionally well," Cr Dowling said

"It was the best ALGWA conference in a long time with good content that gave our visitors a new perspective on the rigours of the fruit industry.

"A lot of the women said they would love to visit the North Burnett again on their own time," Cr Dowling said.

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