I have surrounded myself with wonderful women over the past week, with International Women’s Day giving me the opportunity to rub shoulders with an array of impressive females within our community.
One of the standout events was the Northern NSW Football Female Football Week Network Evening. The network is aimed at developing and progressing women’s football within the wider community.
I also had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Local Government NSW International Women’s Day lunch, which focused on increasing female representation at council. Increasing numbers of women are standing for election to councils, but we need even more to join the ranks to ensure local government truly represents the communities we serve.
I am proud that in Lake Macquarie, I share a leadership role with council’s first female CEO, Morven Cameron.
Perhaps the highlight of my ‘women’s week’ was hearing of the worthy award won by the council’s Aboriginal Community Development Officer, Maree Edwards, who was recognised at the Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government.
Maree, a descendent of the Wonnaruah People, took home the regional award for a non-senior staff member, in recognition of her ongoing work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Lake Macquarie.