Would-be council candidates consider women’s business

COUNCIL: Cr Monica Morse wants to encourage female candidates.
COUNCIL: Cr Monica Morse wants to encourage female candidates.

BATHURST’S only female councillor will host an information session next week to encourage women to contest the local government elections in September.

Councillor Monica Morse said the seminar would provide information to help women decide if they would like to run for council or offer support to another female candidate.

“It is important that the whole community is represented on council,” Cr Morse said.

“We need women, men, young and old people, newcomers to the city and long-term residents.

“However, in recent years women have been reluctant to put their hands up and have found the male-dominated environment of local government very daunting.

“In Orange and Blayney there has been no woman on council for five years.”

The session will be in the Bathurst Regional Council chamber from 5pm next Tuesday, March 28.

Women from any local government area are welcome to attend.