BPW Southwest member Kylie Gaston was elected to Warrnambool City Council in the recent Victorian state elections – her first run at office. Kylie, who is BPW Southwest’s Catering Coordinator, has a background in communications and runs her own business. She is passionate about encouraging business and tourism in the Region and ran on a platform of promoting Warrnambool as a university city, improving rail services, supporting the arts and culture, and encouraging sustainable growth. Kylie says she has benefited from the networks membership in BPW has provided and advice from members with experience as councillors and community leaders. Her campaign, she says, was in itself a rewarding experience and she encourages other women to give it a go.