New South Wales Local Government Chairperson Darriea Turley thrilled with increased representation of women on boards | Daily Central West


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Orange will benefit from a more representative local government through the election of three women to the board, said Local Government NSW President Darriea Turley. Orange is one of some 70 state councils that increased their female representation on the council in the local elections on December 4 last year. Jo McRae was the only female on the board last term, but as we begin the new term in 2022, Orange will have three female votes on its 12-member board. All of the first term city councilors, Tammy Greenhalgh, Frances Kinghorne and Mel McDonell have been elected to the new Orange City Council and this increase is indicative of an increase in women’s representation statewide, a said Cr Turley. The proportion of women on councils across New South Wales has hovered between 27 and 31 percent for almost a decade, but after the Dec. 4 election, that percentage is now almost 40 percent. “The councils are the level of government closest to their communities, so to ensure that everyone has a voice it is important that they reflect the communities they represent,” she said. “Making such great strides in one election is truly worth celebrating.” Of the 124 councils that make up New South Wales, 69 now have more women on the council than before. Blayney is also on it, with Michelle Pryse Jones elected to that county council. Blayney did not have a female representative throughout her last tenure on the board. The Cabonne council has four women in its chamber this mandate. They are Kathryn O’Ryan, Marlene Nash, Libby Oldham and Jenny Weaver. “An impressive number of 27 boards actually have a female majority, almost three times the number we saw in the last term of the board,” added Cr Turley. Cr Turley said the result follows a focused effort to strengthen board diversity, with LGNSW and ALGWA offering mentoring services and a range of development programs providing practical leadership information and campaigning tools and techniques. successful policies. Cr Turley said another important contribution to the higher proportion of female council candidates was the introduction of a retirement pension for mayors and councilors, aligning them with the rest of the Australian workforce. . She added that 2022 would be a difficult year for New South Wales, as the councils sought to contribute to a locally-led recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID pandemic. “While the counseling can be difficult, it is truly rewarding and you have a lot of support around you,” she said. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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