The National Steering Committee for the Year of Women in Local Government has announced 21 ambassadors for its 2010 celebrations. Over the next 18 months these ambassadors will undertake the role of champions and role models for the advancement of women in Local Government and will each make a valuable contribution to the success of the Year of Women in Local Government 2010.
The ambassadors are:
In Western Australia
• Vicky Small – Manager Customer Service and Information Services – Shire of Augusta – Margaret River
• Kat Pinder– Community Development Officer – access and inclusion – City of Swan
• Councillor Elizabeth Re – City of Stirling
• Jonathan Throssell – CEO – Shire of Mundaring
• Sharon Solyma – Community Grants & Research officer – Gold Coast City Council
• Councillor Joyce Crombie – Diamantina Shire Council
• Michelle McFadyen – CEO – Longreach City Council
In New South Wales
• Neryl East – Manager Media and Communications – Shellharbour City Council
• Councillor Bruce Miller – President NSW Shire’s Association
• Dr Maree Smith – Laboratory Manager – Port Macquarie/Hastings Council
• Councillor Karen McKeown – Penrith City Council
In the Northern Territory
• Sandra Cannon – CEO – Victoria Daly Shire
• Ms Pam Robinson OAM – Manager Climate Change and Environment – Darwin City Council
• Abyilene McGuire – Senior Environmental Health Officer – Kingborough Council
• Councillor Yvonne Jennings – Swan Hill Rural City Council
• Fiona Hodges – GM Community Wellbeing – Cardinia Shire
• Noelene Duff – CEO – City of Whitehorse
In South Australia
• Jane Fetherstonhaugh – Director of Finance and Community Services/ Dep. CEO – District Council of Grant
• Tanya Hook – Project officer – City of Tea tree Gully
• Councillor Angela Keneally – City of Charles Sturt
• Rebecca Thomas – General Manager City Services – City of Holdfast Bay.
Steering Committee Chairman, Mr. Ray Pincombe, said “The task before the selection panel was a very difficult one, with over 60 outstanding nominations received. These ambassadors provide a great representation of the varied roles and responsibilities that exist within local government. Each ambassador is committed to promoting the advancement of women within the sector, both in management and at the council level and they have great stories to tell about their own personal journeys in local government”.
The topic of women in local government and in particular women in management and leadership positions in local government has been around for a long time. All levels of government are acutely aware of the barriers facing women, yet nationally only a handful of councils are addressing the issue. Currently women in senior management roles represent only 20% of the local government workforce; a representation that has not changed since 1996. Only 5% of chief executives or general managers are women, and women represent less than 30% of all elected members.
For more information contact Roni Beauchamp on + 61 3 9682 9222 / 0448 810 660
Big field for city’s top job
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COMPETITION for the position of Stirling Mayor is heating up, with as many as six councillors likely to nominate for the top job following the October 17 council elections.
Mayor David Boothman and former mayor Terry Tyzack will again vie for the head position after little separated the pair in mayoral voting at the 2007 election.
John Italiano, Rod Willox and Elizabeth Re have also revealed they will put their hands up for the role.
A sixth possible candidate, Coastal Ward councillor Bill Stewart, said he had yet to decide if he would run.
Councillors will elect the mayor at a special council meeting on October 20.
Cr Boothman said while he was focusing on getting re-elected to remain a Balga Ward councillor, he was keen to resume the mayoralty for another two years.
“I would like to throw my hat in the ring to be considered for another term,” he said. “I’ve worked very hard to form strong relationships with both Federal and State Governments, and the cohesion between the City’s officers and councillors is at an all-time high.”
Cr Tyzack, who has served two stints as mayor in the past three decades, said he would look for support from fellow councillors.
“If I’m successful as a candidate, I will make the necessary contact with new and existing councillors and put my hand up for mayor.”
Cr Italiano was looking to spearhead a more proactive approach to City projects.
“I believe we have got different directions that we need to take, because I don’t think we are moving forward as we need to be.”
Cr Willox said his “significant experience” would be an asset, while Cr Re said her communication and networking skills would help her succeed if she were to be elected as the City’s second female mayor.
Stirling differs from a number of local councils, using a system where the mayor is chosen by councillors and not ratepayers.