2022 Australian Local Government Women's Association (Vic) Conference

The popular ALGWA (Vic) Conference returns on 5 and 6 June 2022 in Shepparton to inform, connect and inspire women in local government.

This year we will be Emerging Creatively. At a time when the world continues to face uncertainty and challenges, opportunities exist to explore new ideas, take risks and see successful and influential leaders emerge creatively in the community.

The 2022 conference will focus on gender equality and diversity, resilience and recovery in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and of course, supporting women’s leadership in local government.

It is proudly brought to you by ALGWA Victoria and Greater Shepparton City Council.

Program Details

Sunday 5 June

We welcome you for a welcoming cocktail event to begin the conference. Guests will have the opportunity to network amongst leaders in local government and beyond over drinks, finger food and light entertainment from local violinist Carole McGregor. 

When: The night will begin at 6pm
Where: SAM (Shepparton Art Museum)
Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton. View Map
Monday 6 June

The Conference will commence with the formal program finishing at 5pm but the Conference will not end there! You are welcome to attend the closing Gala Dinner on Monday night at Riverlinks Eastbank from 6pm.

Guests will have the opportunity to network on arrival while being entertained by local Yorta Yorta singer songwriter Madi Colville-Walker. Over a three course meal attendees will hear from Dr Tasneem Chopra OAM, as she delivers a keynote address.

When: Commencing at 9am, concluding at 5pm, followed by closing Gala Dinner from 6pm.
Where: Riverlinks Eastbank
70 Welsford Street, Shepparton. View Map

Conference speakers will include:

  • Professor Catherine Bennett, Chair Epidemiology Deakin University
  • Nartarsha Bamblett, outgoing member of the First People’s Assembly, North East Region
  • Michael Stefanovic AM, Chief Local Government Inspector, Laura Majewski, Senior Investigator Local Government Inspectorate and Jane Gillard, Communications Advisor
  • Padmini Sebastian OAM Director Engagement and Partnerships, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Niki Vincent, Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner
  • Panel of Local Businesspeople, Matt Nelson, Hume Director Regional Development Victoria, Peter Hill, Executive Officer Museum of Vehicle Evolution (MOVE Shepparton), Karli Sutherland, Co-owner/Business Manager Quicklift Crane and Access Hire and Jamie Lea, Director JL Productions and Hire
  • Dr Tasneem Chopra OAM, Broadcaster and Cross Cultural Consultant

For further information, visit the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (Vic) website.


Tickets and inclusions

Tickets are inclusive of an opening cocktail event, full conference program, and gala dinner.

It is possible to purchase a ticket for the cocktail event or gala dinner only (for example, for partners of delegates).

Please list names of attendees under the dietary requirements field at checkout. For all ticketing purchase queries please call the Riverlinks Box Office for assistance on 03 5832 9511

Ticket sales close Saturday 4 June at midnight.

Click here for ticket sales

Plan your trip

Greater Shepparton has a number of unique places to stay. There’s a diverse range of hotels and motels and comfortable self-contained accommodation, all relaxing and secure to suit all lifestyles.

Accommodation in Shepparton How to get here

Why not extend your stay and take in some unique Shepparton experiences.

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Come see for yourself

Our ‘Local cultural immersion’ itinerary is designed so that you can fully immerse yourself in the local culture over a full four days and three nights. There's even a hand-curated local-flavoured Spotify playlist to set the mood.

Check it out

Shepparton Art Museum


Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is one of Australia's outstanding regional art museums, showcasing exhibitions and collections in new and exciting ways and creating a welcoming, inclusive and engaging space for all audiences. The programming is designed to be locally relevant and engage with global contemporary ideas. SAM is recognised for its significant Australian ceramics collection, and its nationally significant collection of Indigenous art. As the only public art museum in Greater Shepparton and north central Victoria, their mission is to present great art in Shepparton, and to contribute to the cultural enrichment, community engagement and economic prosperity of the region.

Open 7 Days from 10am to 4pm, every day including public holidays.

What's on at SAM


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Riverlinks is your one stop destination for performing arts, live entertainment and functions in Greater Shepparton.

Riverlinks Eastbank will be hosting the ALGWA Vic conference.

Creativity lives throughout the building with street art to discover outside and within. Enjoy a meal, coffee or sweet treat at Riverlinks Encore Café serving the best of our region’s produce.

What's on at Riverlinks

MOVE: Museum of Vehicle Evolution

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MOVE is one of the largest regional museums of collectibles in Australia and unique for its variety. Fitting into the 10,000 square metre space you will find displayed the legends of the Goulburn Valley Trucking industry, The Furphy Museum, The Farren Vintage Bicycle Collection, Clayton Collection of gramophones, telephones and radio and The Loel Thomson Clothing Collection.

The collections are displayed in a contemporary and interactive exhibition space which is updated throughout the year. 

Visit the MOVE website

Discover Food & Wine

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There are many great food and wine experiences to indulge in whist visiting Greater Shepparton.

Longleat Wines in the riverbank town of Murchison, Tallis Wines set amongst the rolling hills of Dookie and Cheeky Grog Cidery located a short drive to the north of Shepparton.

If you're looking for alternatives in town or to take a little of the Shepparton produce home with you, visit the Greater Shepparton Visitor CentreSPC Factory SalesPhillips Cellars and Regional Wine CentreChocolate Apple FactoryShepparton Breweryand the Fryers Street Food Strip.

 Check out the Food, Wine and Farmgate Touring Suggestions

Moooving Art

Mooie the Fly

Moooving Art is an ever changing public art exhibition of life sized 3D cows.

Fibreglass bovines are scattered throughout Shepparton and surrounding towns in public gardens, playgrounds and businesses and are full of colour, spunk and personality.

Over 90 cows are in the herd – can you find them all?

Lear more about Moooving Art

Emerald Bank Leisure Land

Emerald Bank Leisureland

Emerald Bank has something for everyone! 

Home to the MOVE Museum but there’s more to see and do across the grounds. Step inside the landmark windmill and taste the region’s iconic pink lady apples with a TWIST! The Chocolate Apple Factory has a range of confectionary goodness including their famous apples coated in caramel and chocolate with assorted toppings. Putt around an 18 hole mini-golf course set in five acres of landscaped gardens at Riverside Gardens Mini Golf — did we mention there's a lake in the middle? Check out Barclay's Antiques & Collectables for that hidden gem, enjoy a coffee or lunch at Milestone Café.

Victoria Park Lake

Victoria Park Lake

The Victoria Park Lake precinct is home to spectacular water ways, walking and cycling tracks, all abilities playground, family picnic areas and the skate park.

You will also find on the south shore the impressive Shepparton Art Museum precinct, home to the Shepparton Art Museum and Café, Kaiela Arts indigenous gallery and the Greater Shepparton Visitor Centre.

Learn more about Victoria Park Lake

Yahna Gurtji Shared Path Network and Australian Botanical Gardens

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Greater Shepparton offers a variety of paths and routes to explore.

Discover the Yahna Gurtji Shared Path Network cycling which connects some of Greater Shepparton’s best natural attractions. The network includes a variety of paths and routes allowing visitors to walk and cycle through the strands of river red gums and the river environment, home to migratory birds, platypus, squirrel gliders and many more species.

The latest track welcomes you to the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton, a scenery of Australian native plants in themed gardens designed to represent the cultural, environmental, historical and agricultural characteristics of Greater Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley.

Take a drive to Dookie

Outside dining Tallis

Pack the kids in the car and take a leisurely drive to Dookie - located within the rolling hills of Mount Major, Mount Saddleback and Gentle Annie.  A hive of creativity, you can wander the main street to check out the Dookie Artists' Tree, the Dookie Nomadic Silos and the Flowering Sugar Gum or stop in at the Dookie Emporium for a bite to eat, a coffee or browse the antiques and collectibles .

Experience the Dookie landscape while you explore the Dookie Rail Trail or the Mulana nin iyoga Walking Trail at Mount Major.  Stop in to the Gladstone Hotel or taste a local wine at Tallis Wine.

CBD & Street Art


Wander the CBD to discover cafes and specialty stores.  Check out the Op Shops for a bargain.  View the Indigenous Street Art Murals by renowned street artist Adnate on a laneway wall! 

For more Street Art locations click here

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Greater Shepparton Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre, located at 530 Wyndham Street, Shepparton, (Ground floor, SAM building) is your first stop for information on things to see and do and where to stay while in Greater Shepparton. Providing quality information and brochures on accommodation, attractions, events and activities, the friendly staff and volunteers have the expert knowledge to make your stay in the region a memorable one.

Open: 9.00am to 5.00pm everyday except Christmas Day.
Telephone Enquiries: 1800 808 839 (Toll-free within Australia) or +61-3-5832 9330 (outside Australia)

Learn more about the Visitor Centre