Con­fer­ence at­tracts VIP guest

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Gover­nor of Queens­land, Her Ex­cel­lency Ms Pene­lope Wens­ley AC, was a guest of hon­our at the Aus­tralian Lo­cal Govern­ment Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion (ALGWA) Queens­land State Con­fer­ence, held in the Whit­sun­day’s last week.

Ms Wens­ley ar­rived at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Fri­day, to de­liver a key­note ad­dress that par­tic­u­larly fo­cused on women.

“And I have to say, it’s been par­tic­u­larly spe­cial on this oc­ca­sion to be wel­comed (to the re­gion) by a woman as mayor,” Ms Wens­ley said.

Ms Wes­ley was one of sev­eral key­note speak­ers se­lected by ALGWA state pres­i­dent and Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford to ad­dress the two-day con­fer­ence.

Cr Clif­ford said the con­fer­ence was de­signed to show­case some of the Whit­sun­days’ best and bright­est women such as third gen­er­a­tion farmer Leanne Born, Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Limited (WMDL) mar­ket­ing ser­vices man­ager Danielle Krista, Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc founder Libby Edge and Mackay/Whit­sun­day Re­gional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (REDC) deputy CEO Amanda Camm.

Cr Clif­ford said she was es­pe­cially proud that the Gover­nor of Queens­land had agreed to at­tend.

“I asked the Gover­nor when we first got the confe- rence two years ago.

“She said she’d do her best and she re­ally has and I’m very grate­ful to her,” she said.

Del­e­gates who at­tended the con­fer­ence were also treated to a taste of the Whit­sun­day re­gion with a meet and greet func­tion at Deja Vu in Air­lie Beach on Wed- nes­day night, a gala func­tion on Day­dream Is­land and a clos­ing din­ner at the 360 Restau­rant in Bowen.

Cr Clif­ford said the con­fer­ence del­e­gates had also “boosted the econ­omy in town”.

“I know that Colour Me Crazy and the shoe shop have done very well.”

AD­VO­CAT­ING FOR WOMEN: LGAQ Pres­i­dent Mar­garet De Wit, Whit­sun­day Cr Jan Clif­ford, Gover­nor of Queens­land, Her Ex­cel­lency Ms Pene­lope Wens­ley AC, Whit­sun­day Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney and national ALGWA pres­i­dent Kathy Bensted at the ALGWA con­fer­ence, which was held in the Whit­sun­days last week.

SPE­CIAL GUEST: St Cather­ine’s school cap­tains Ge­nie-Bea Howie and Joe Wil­son with Gover­nor of Queens­land, Pene­lope Wens­ley.

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