Women’s Experience Undervalued in Penrith Council?

Media Release issued on 18 September 2014

Greens Councillor, Michelle Tormey, thinks Penrith would benefit from a female mayor. Since 1960, women have sat in the top job for only six of the 54 years, which is about 10% of the time.

In 2015, its time forPenrith Council to put a woman in the Mayors seat. There are at least two very experienced candidates, one of whom has held the position previously.

Councillor Tormey said, “as a young woman learning how local government leads on important community matters, like early childhood, disability and community services it would begood to have a female Mayor who would, given the statistics, act as a powerfulrole model.”

“Not just for myself butfor other young women that I know, young women who are looking to have a voiceand a leadership role in our community.”

Our last female mayor wasCouncillor Jackie Greenow, who held the position for one year – from 2004-2005.

Cr Tormey said, “Next Monday the Council will again nominate a Mayor for the 2014-15 year. AlthoughI will not myself nominate I hope to see a female mayoral nomination. They will get my vote”.

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Local Greens Group promoting Grassroots Democracy since 1995. Mission: To represent the people of the Nepean Valley at all levels of government through winning seats at the table. Description: The Nepean Greens were formed in 1995. The Greens stand on four key principles - peace, environmental sustainability, social justice and grassroots democracy. All policies are derived from these principles and at all levels, local, State and Federal.
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