Call for women's voices in local government

Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman, is encouraging local women to put their hand up to run for Council.

Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman, is encouraging local women to put their hand up to run for Council.

Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman, is encouraging local women to put their hand up to run for Council at the September 2021 council elections.

Mrs Tuckerman said being a local councillor can often be a rewarding role, working with residents and businesses to improve the lifestyle and amenity of the community.

"The NSW Government is committed to increasing female representation on councils around the State," she said.

"That's why I am encouraging local women to consider running for election to council in September next year and help our community grow and prosper now and into the future."

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said women had plenty to offer the level of government closest to the community.

"As a former councillor for 17 years, I know only too well the tremendous contribution women are making in our State's 128 councils and their local communities," she said.

"However, women represent just 31 per cent of all NSW councillors so we must do all we can to inspire and empower more women to stand for their community and run for their local council in September."

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said strong, effective councils are those that reflect the diverse communities they serve and represent.

"You don't need any formal qualifications to stand for election," she said.

"All you need is a strong will and a desire to make a difference in your local community."

The NSW Government has launched an Election of Women to Local Government promotional campaign featuring a series of inspiring videos with former and current female councillors including Lucy Turnbull, Clover Moore, Linda Scott, Marianne Saliba, Katrina Humphries, Kristy McBain and Susan Wynne.

The Government has also partnered with Women for Election Australia to run a series of workshops to equip aspiring candidates to stand for election at the 2021 elections.

More information about the Election of Women to Local Government campaign including the videos can be found on the Office of Local Government website.

Workshop details can be found on Women for Election Australia's website.