Local Government elections are coming up in Victoria later this year and in New South Wales early next year. If you’ve ever considered running for council, now is the perfect time!
Mayor Jenny O’Connor from the rural Indigo Shire Council, and Mayor Greg Conkey from Wagga City Council outline why local government matters. Both have been at the forefront of driving climate policy from the council level.
They will outline why they ran, how they did it and what they’ve achieved, as well as answering any questions you might have.
Mayor, Councillor Jenny O’Connor
Jenny is the current Mayor of the Indigo Shire Council. Jenny’s background is in nursing and counselling, and she has worked in a wide range of health and social support services.
Mayor, Councillor Greg Conkey, OAM
Greg started his career as a journalist. He has worked in many newsrooms across New South Wales, including the Cootamundra Herald, Armidale Express, Tablelands Times, RVN Television and 2WG radio. In May 1979, Greg launched his own newspaper, The Riverina Leader, and served as Managing Editor up until 2004 when he sold his interests and launched his own Public Relations and Marketing Company.
Greg has been very active in the Wagga Wagga community, holding leadership positions in the South Wagga Apex Club, Wollundry Rotary Club, Murrumbidgee Life Education and the Wagga Base Hospital Drug Advisory Committee.
For his services to Wagga Wagga, Greg received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2012. Later that year he was elected as a Wagga Wagga City Councillor and in September 2016 elected unopposed as Mayor.