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Celebrating women in Local Government

Celebrating women in Local Government

Swan Hill Rural City Council is celebrating the contribution of women to local government this International Women’s Day.

Speaking after attending the BPW International Women’s Day lunch in Swan Hill, Mayor Ann Young said she was proud to be part of an inclusive organisation.

“First and foremost, I am proud to be a Mayor of Swan Hill Rural City. But I am proud that I can lead a Council where women are taking on leadership roles,” Cr Young said.

“I am joined on Council by Cr Lea Johnson, and next week Robinvale Councillor-elect Jade Benham will be inducted,” she said.

“Two of our four directors are women, half our managers are women, and we have women working in diverse local government careers – from finance and IT to running our livestock exchange.”

Last year, Councillors decided to acknowledge former female Councillors and Mayors on its Swan Hill Town Hall honour boards, and reaffirmed Council’s commitment to the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter.

“There were some trailblazing women who stood for and were elected to Council in the early years. They are now highlighted on our honour boards,” Cr Young said.

“It’s great that more and more women are putting their hands up to run for local government in modern times – 37 per cent of Councillors in Victoria are women.

“And through a national campaign, we’re hoping to get that to 50/50 in local governments right across Australia.”

Also in Swan Hill this International Women’s Day, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery is celebrating through the Code Breakers exhibition, on until 24 March.

The exhibition includes playable video games, all made by Australian and New Zealand women working in different capacities like directors, programmers, developers, digital artists, writers, producers and designers.

Swan Hill Business and Professional Women (BPW) will host a social night at the Gallery next week to co-incide with the exhibition.