More women urged to run for council

RICHMOND Valley Council’s female councillors are urging women to run in September’s local government elections.

Councillors Sandra Humphrys and Jill Lyons say it is important that local councils represented the entire community.

Cr Humphrys, who was first elected in 2000 for two terms, and then again in 2012, said a true representation of the community’s views was not possible until people of all backgrounds were involved.

Cr Humphrys said women made up 50.4 percent of the Richmond Valley population and should be equally represented in local government.

She said women brought different experiences to councils.

“’It is about bringing balance to the decision-making table,” Cr Humphrys said.

Cr Lyons, elected in 2016, said to be a councillor required strength and effort, but delivered great rewards.

She said women brought valuable insight to councils.

“If you have no women around the table you don’t hear different points of view,” Cr Lyons said.

Both women will again be standing in September, and say the upcoming election was the perfect opportunity for women to get involved in their community and have a say on the region’s future.

“Give it a go. Even if you are not successful this time, there will be plenty of other opportunities.”

Council is hosting an Australian Local Government Association (ALGWA) forum on Friday 4 June to encourage local women to consider standing for council. Titled Politics and Prosecco, the event will be held in the Casino Community & Cultural Centre and will feature guest presenter Penrith City Council Mayor Karen McKeown, who is also ALGWA NSW City Vice President.

Attendance is free, however, registration is required. For bookings, please follow this link. Nibbles and drinks will be provided.

Also ahead of the upcoming Council elections in September, two candidate information sessions will take place across the Valley with the first in the Woodburn Hall on Monday 21 June, and the second in the Casino Community & Cultural Centre on Wednesday 23 June, both getting underway at 6pm.

Further details will be available on Council’s website and Facebook page

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