Conference attracts VIP guest
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 conference 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 Wednesday 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."