Forum to encourage local women to become Parkes Shire councillors

GET INVOLVED: Cr Louise O'Leary is one of three women currently serving as a Parkes Shire councillor. Photo: Supplied.
GET INVOLVED: Cr Louise O'Leary is one of three women currently serving as a Parkes Shire councillor. Photo: Supplied.

THIS Sunday, March 14, the Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA NSW), are hosting a free forum for Parkes Shire Women who are interested in becoming a councillor in the upcoming September elections.

This community forum will provide information and support for Parkes Shire women who are passionate about our community or interested in becoming a local Councillor, prior to the NSW Local Government elections which are scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 4.

Local councils are concerned with matters close to our homes such as: water supply, planning and development, local roads and footpaths, town presentation, parks and playing fields, libraries and culture, local environmental issues, waste disposal, tourism and economic development and many more community services.

The Parkes Shire Council services a large agricultural area, including the communities of Parkes, Peak Hill, Bogan Gate, Trundle, Tullamore, Alectown and Cookamidgera - with a combined population of over 15,000.

Through the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework, Council and the community establish the vision for the Shire and the future directions which form strategic focus areas to meet the vision.


Deputy Mayor Cr Barbara Newton, a long serving and passionate Councillor of the Parkes Shire, is keen to get more women involved at a local government level.

"I strongly encourage local women who are passionate about our community and would like to have a role in important decision making in our local Shire to attend the free ALGWA forum," said Cr Newton .

"Come the September elections it would be fabulous to see more women run for NSW Council elections and truly represent our modern and diverse society."

President of the Australia Local Government Women's Association NSW (ALGWA NSW) Cr Cassandra Coleman is hoping to see more women participate right across NSW.

"I am proud to say that we on the Executive Board are putting our best foot forward to ensure that in the upcoming NSW Local Government September elections, representation of women will increase across this great state," Cr Coleman said.

"The Executive and I will be crisscrossing the state, giving women encouragement and inspiration to be candidates.

"If you have the drive and determination, ALGWA NSW will give you support, information and encouragement to stand for election to your council," said Cr Coleman.

Council invites all interested Parkes Shire women to come along to the free forum hosted by ALGWA at the Comfort Inn Bushman's in Parkes on Sunday March 14 from 9am to 12pm.

For more information or to RSVP for the event please contact Council's Events Officer on 02 6861 2333 or events@parkes.nsw.gov.au.

Please RSVP by Thursday March 11 for catering purposes.

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