MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has today 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 Marshall said the awards highlighted 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.
“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,” he said.
“The NSW Government is committed to creating local government that is 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 Marshall said women played an important role in the local government sector and this was 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,” he said.
Mr Marshall 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.