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Gwenda Allgood: Experience crucial for local government

Ararat Rural City Councillor Gwenda Allgood, far right, at an Ararat Wind Farm information session earlier this year.

Ararat Rural City Councillor Gwenda Allgood, far right, at an Ararat Wind Farm information session earlier this year.


Ararat councillor and former mayor Gwenda Allgood is too busy to even consider slowing down.
In fact, while she probably deserves to take a well-earned breather after 32 years as a municipal representative, it is the furthest thing from her mind.
“I’m not interested in slowing down. There are a lot of things I still haven’t done that I would love to do,” she said.
“Whether it be in local government, local sport or anything. As you get older you have to keep active and put yourself out there. I don’t do everything right in life but I always keep trying and the reality is that when one door closes, another one opens.”
Cr Allgood, 72, said there was no point for anyone when they retired from work to also retire from life. She agreed the older generation had plenty to offer society, especially through experience and knowledge.
“Older people have a key role to play. I would love to see more people like myself get more involved and engaged in the community,” she said.
“In my time in local government I’ve seen issues go full circle and become quite repetitive and that is where knowledge or understanding is invaluable.
“We should never fall into a trap of thinking that knowledge based on experience is not worthwhile. And, of course, you never stop learning.”

“I’m not interested in slowing down. There are a lot of things I still haven’t done that I would love to do.” – Gwenda Allgood

Cr Allgood was a successful businesswoman in Ararat before joining the Ararat council where she had five terms as mayor.
She started her first job in a dry-cleaning business as a 14-year-old and her declaration at the time that she would one day own the business came true. She ended up buying a second dry-cleaning operation and ultimately ran the business for more than 50 years.

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Posted on Nov 27 2015

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