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Humphries calls for nominations to honour women in local government

Media Release

Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries has announced that nominations for the 2015 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government are now open.

The Awards recognise the outstanding contributions and achievements of women, both as elected representatives and as staff, in local government in NSW.

Mr Humphries said the Awards highlight not only the contributions of elected representatives and senior staff, but also women who are making positive contributions to local government in less prominent roles.

Kevin Humphries 2015 portrait

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries

“These Awards are also about showcasing the exciting and diverse careers available to women in local government in an attempt to attract more women to the sector.

“The NSW Government is committed to creating local governments that are Fit for the Future. To achieve this we must ensure that councils attract, and are led and served by the best and brightest from our diverse population,” Mr Humphries said.

Minister for Women Pru Goward said women play an important role in the local government sector, and this is an opportunity to recognise their contribution to their community.

“Many councils, particularly in rural communities, struggle to attract and retain staff that fulfil vital roles serving the community. By increasing the number of women in council roles, particularly in non-traditional roles, we can help to address this problem,” said Ms Goward.

Minister for Local Government Paul Toole is encouraging councils and the community to make nominations by Thursday 12 February, 2015.

The announcement of winners and presentation will be held at Parliament House on 3 March, 2015.

Further details are available on the Office of Local Government’s website at: www.olg.nsw.gov.au.