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!
Ruth McGowan is an expert at getting people elected. As former Mayor, she helped lead her community through the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire disaster. She also helped manage Cathy McGowan’s successful election campaigns and is the author of the book ‘Get Elected’. She will walk through how to set up your campaign and tips on getting elected to council.
Ruth McGowan, OAM
Ruth grew up on her family’s farm in northeast Victoria. She studied agriculture at uni, and spent the first twenty years of her career managing research and communication projects for the Victorian government while bringing up three wonderful children.
In the last decade, Ruth changed her career direction to local government; first as a councillor and mayor with Baw Baw Shire Council, and now managing her own consultancy business.
Ruth is active in her local community, including in her local Country Fire Authority brigade. Ruth’s service has been acknowledged with a Medal of the Order (OAM) and a National Emergency Medal. She now advocates for gender equality in the Australian Honours through Honour a Woman.
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