Shellharbour City Council is proud to be the host city for the 2021 NSW Branch Annual Conference. ALGWA supports and promotes women in local government through advocacy, advice and action. The Annual Conference is an opportunity to come together and engage in learning and networking that will assist in personal and professional development.
We have put together an inspiring program featuring well known and respected speakers who will share their insights to encourage women in local government to empower themselves and each other.
Early Bird Rates Available Now. For more information please contact Joanne Frasca via email or on 02 4221 6122.


Closeup of Jean KitsonJEAN KITTSON

Jean Kittson is one of Australia's most popular speakers, celebrated for stellar performances in film, television and theatre.

She takes a keen interest in local government, as a professional rate-payer, and firmly believes that local government can provide the answer to many of today's most urgent social needs, including literacy, pet care, outdoor cafes where you can get a decent coffee, tree maintenance, climate change and nuclear disamament.

Jean believes that local government is the cornerstone of our democracy, and she knows where her local councillor lives.





Closeup of Kemi Nekvapil


Kemi Nekvapil is an executive and personal coach, speaker and author who has worked in the wellness industry for more than 20 years. 

Having studied leadership and purpose at The Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan, trained as a yoga teacher in India with a 23-year yoga and meditation practice, Kemi understands there is a process for meaningful, connection to ourselves, our work, our families and communities.

As a corporate speaker and facilitator Kemi is passionate about working with organisations that are willing to invest in their female leaders. Earlier this year Kemi trained with Dr Brene Brown as a certified Dare To Lead facilitator and is passionate about supporting daring leaders and courageous cultures.

Closeup of Neryl EastDR NERYL EAST

Dr Neryl East is a communication and credibility expert who shows current and future leaders how to be heard, stand out and command influence.

Neryl has been a professional communicator for more than three decades, including a career in television and radio. Her long track record in local government includes senior communication roles at Wollongong and Shellharbour City Councils and training and consultancy work with councils around Australia.

Neryl is a Certified Speaking Professional and has a PhD in Journalism. She is the author of five books including an Amazon best-selling author on media and reputation.




Closeup of Nicole SullivanNICHOLE SULLIVAN

Nichole Sullivan is a psychologist with expertise in Human Performance, Culture, Wellbeing and Operational Excellence.

She applies psychology and neuroscience to performance, influencing how individuals, teams, and organisations think, feel and work.

​Nichole has extensive experience in workshop facilitation, change management, coaching and large scale wellbeing, safety and leadership programs, with the aim of helping people achieve their pinnacle.

Closeup of Caitlin FoordMICHELLE HEYMAN

Michelle Heyman is a football player and commentator, who currently plays for Adelaide United in the W-League in Australia. She has represented Australia as a Matilda since 2010, playing at the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, before retiring in May last year

Michelle is currently building training program for young girls who dream of competing at a high level, and she hopes to create a safe environment where girls can have fun while developing build leadership and football skills.

Draft Program

Please note the program below is subject to change. The final program will be confirmed in early 2021. You can register online now.


Thursday  18 March 2021
6.00-8.00pmNetworking Cocktail Function


Day 1 - Friday 19 March, 2021
9.00-9.20amWelcome, Marianne Saliba (Shellharbour Mayor / ALGWA National President)
9.20-9.30amWelcome, Carey McIntyre (Chief Executive Officer, Shellharbour City Council)
9.30 -10.40amKeynote: Kemi Nekvapil, 'The Gift of Asking'
10.40-11.10amNell McGill, 'Defamation Law'
11.10-11.30amMorning tea
11.30am-12.15pmJean Kittson
12.15-1.00pmRuth McGowan, 'How to boost your political savvy as an influential networker'

Concurrent workshops

  • Nichole Sullivan, 'The psychology of critical conversations'
  • Neryl East, 'Communicating boldly in a noisy world'
3.00-3.15pmCoffee break
3.15-4.15pmDiscussion panel

Sandie Morthen, 'USU helping women grow'




Day 2 - Saturday 20 March, 2021
7.00-8.00amBeach walk
9.05-10.00amMichelle Heyman, 'Playing in a male-dominated field'
11.00-11.30amMorning tea
11.30am-12.00pmMacinley Brown
12.00-12.30pmConference bids and voting
12.30-1.30pmALGWA Hotspots & Wrap Up
2.00-3.00pmAGLWA NSW General Meeting
3.00pmClose / Executive Meeting
7.00-11.00pmGala Dinner



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Transport Information


Just over one hour from Sydney via the M1 Princes Highway, or enjoy the amazing scenery on the Grand Pacific Drive. From Canberra, take the 2.5 hour drive via the M31 Hume Highway to Moss Value, then the Illawarra Highway. 


Trains to the South Coast depart Sydney Central Station approximately every hour (30 minutes during peak hour) and takes two hours. The best station to disembark for the Shellharbour Civic Centre is Oak Flats, with buses and taxis available from Oak Flats to the Civic Centre.

For further information and timetables please contact the Transport Information Line on 131 500 or visit


Coaches travel through the area connecting with Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra on a daily basis.


- Murrays on 13 22 59 or visit

Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne

- Premier Motor Services on 13 34 10 or visit

- Greyhound/Pioneer visit

- Southern Highlands - Regional Trains and Coaches 13 22 32 or visit


Sydney Domestic/International Airport is just over an hour's drive from the City of Shellharbour. Door to door airport connections are available.

Shellharbour Airport is located in Albion Park Rail in the City of Shellharbour and offers commercial passenger flights by Fly Corporeate to Brisbane and Melbourne (Essendon) return.  Book your flight at


Information about places to stay in and around Shellharbour can be found on our Visit Shellharbour website.


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