Women encouraged to nominate and run for local office in 2021

Addressing the imbalance of women in local government

Thursday 19 November, 2020

Mayor of Tweed Chris Cherry is supporting a NSW Government campaign encouraging women from all walks of life and backgrounds to nominate for the 2021 local government elections.

State and local government have joined forces to empower more women to stand for their community and run for their council at next year's elections.

The campaign includes a series of inspiring videos with former and current female councillors speaking about their positive experiences in local government and their proudest achievements for their communities. 

Office of Local Government figures show women represent just 31 per cent of the 1,300 councillors serving on the State's 128 local councils.

Since the 1960s Tweed Shire Council has had more than 15 female councillors - with women holding the positions of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Shire President and Council Administrator.

Local councils are the level of government closest to the community. They provide key infrastructure, facilities and services to local residents and are integral to improving the lifestyle and amenity of local communities.

"Councillors represent the needs, wants and aspirations of their local community and make important decisions on behalf of their residents," Cr Cherry said.

"Being able to help someone in difficult circumstances, sort out an issue that has been creating problems or ensuring future planning has considered people at the core are some of the most rewarding aspects of being a councillor.

"I would love for women who have a strong sense of community and are keen to make a difference in their local area to consider nominating for the September 2021 local government elections," she said. 

Key dates for candidates include:

  • Closing of electoral rolls/Candidate nominations open on 26 July 2021
  • Closing of nominations on 4 August 2021
  • NSW Local Government Election Day on 4 September 2021
For further information, visit www.olg.nsw.gov.au