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”.