The NSW executive of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) met in Penrith last week with Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM hosting the visit.
“It was great to welcome the NSW ALGWA executive to Penrith for their meeting, particularly as Mayor,” Cr McKeown said. “Penrith City Council has been at the forefront of gender equity for some time now which was why I was pleased to welcome ALGWA for their meeting to discuss how we can grow female representation in local government.
“There remains a level of inequity with the amount of female representation in local government, particularly in NSW, being at just 27%. We need to encourage and support higher representation of female Councillors to better reflect our communities.
“Local government elections will be held in September this year and I’d like to see greater diversity and opportunities for women across NSW to add their voice in local government,” Cr McKeown said.
ALGWA has secured grant funding to run a series of forums around the State for women interested in nominating for council.
Photo caption: Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM with the NSW ALGWA Executive at the Civic Centre