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Supporting women to become community leaders

The Victorian Government is aiming to increase the representation of women councillors and mayors. The Women Leading Locally Fellowships program will support 125 women from 31 target municipalities – with Swan Hill being one of the 31 – to stand for local government elections.

Swan Hill Rural City Council’s Mayor, Cr Les McPhee urges anyone who has contemplated the idea of standing as a Councillor to get involved.

“It’s a great opportunity for local women to gain valuable training and mentoring, to boost their chances of becoming elected.

“The program welcomes the involvement of women from all ages and backgrounds – young women, first nations women, women who live with disability, women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and LGBTQI+ women.

“Lead by skilled facilitators, it is designed to inspire, equip and sustain women to become – and remain – successful local representatives for their communities,” Cr McPhee said.

Cr McPhee said the key requirement for applicants, as with being a councillor, is that you have a passion for your local community, like we do.

Applications close on Friday, 14 April 2023 – to apply or to find out more please click here.

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