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Encouraging women to enter local government

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 29 March 2016


Local women are being encouraged to take the next step in their communities and consider standing as candidate in this year’s local government elections.

Warrnambool City Council (WCC), in partnership with GoWomen LG2016, is holding a regional forum on Wednesday, April 20, which aims to inspire, encourage and inform women about the opportunities in local government. 

VLGA President, Cr Sebastian Klein, said this was a fantastic chance for women to come along to find out more, hear from experienced women councillors and meet other potential women candidates.

“I encourage any women who are considering participating in their local government elections to come along and find out more about what’s involved and what resources are available” Cr Klein said

"There’s some fantastic community advocates out there and the VLGA is committed to supporting them to take the next step and help shape their community’s future.”

“Women tell us that candidacy is a great way to expand your sphere of influence for the issues you care about and it's a valuable step by step learning experience.  It allows you to set your own goals for success regardless of the electoral outcome decided by voters.”

WCC Governance Manager Anne-Maree Neal said it was exciting to host the forum.

“It’s about bringing people together and providing a stepping stone for women wherever they are on their journey as a candidate,” Ms Neal said

“For those who are just starting out, it’s an opportunity to discuss the role of local government and why it’s important for women to participate.”

GoWomenLG2016 is an initiative of the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), in conjunction with the Victorian Government and provides support, networking and resources for women candidates in the 2016 Victorian local government elections.

Cr Klein said GoWomenLG was committed to make local government more accessible for women and increase the number and diversity of women candidates across Victoria’s 79 councils.

“We know that it’s important for candidates to discuss their ideas and plans with friends and family, decide early, and build a support network which will be invaluable in the future,” he said.

“GoWomenLG represents a unique voice for women. The VLGA has a strong history of supporting greater diversity in local government.”


Forum details

Venue: Reception Room, Civic Centre, 25 Liebig Street, Warrnambool

Date: Wednesday, April 20

Time: 6.30pm to 8pm

RSVP: by April 12 to Kylie Kelly, 5559 4800 or kkelly [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au



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