Women have been invited become part of the council’s Status of Women Advisory Group.
Members of the Group will provide advice, advocate and raise awareness of issues that affect local women as well as promote local networks and events that celebrate women in the community.
Council’s Director of Connected Communities, Ms Julie Vaughan, said Council wants to empower and support local women.
“We want to see the Status of Women Advisory Group develop connections and networks as well as promote women in leadership positions,” Ms Vaughan said.
Six of the 15 councillors elected last September were women but none of those is from the Gosford West ward.
“The aim of the Group is to have them identify strategies to develop social, economic and personal leadership opportunities for women.
“We want the Group to comprise a diverse range of women who represent our community and can provide feedback to Council on how Council’s planning processes and actions can better support issues affecting women in our community.”
Mayor Cr Jane Smith said the Group would engage women and ensure their voices are heard.
“The Status of Women Advisory Group will work to foster participation from women to establish networks, create and participate in organised women’s events and promote a regional focus,” Mayor Smith said.
“In recent decades, women in Australia have made significant strides towards achieving equality. It is important to take the time to reflect on the progress and renew the efforts to bring about true equality.
“If you have a passion for empowering women, make sure you send in your Expression of Interest to be part of what will be a dynamic and exciting group.”
Expressions of Interest for the Status of Women Advisory Group opened on Tuesday, January and close at 5pm on Friday, February 9.
Media release, 24 Jan 2018
Julie Vaughan, Central Coast Council