Georges River Council will initiate an inaugural Female Leadership Workshop to mentor local high school students.
This follows a Motion put forward by Councillor Sandy Grekas at the August 26 council meeting.
Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene said that Council's program will provide leadership guidance for local female high school students.
"I am delighted that Council is supporting a Female Leadership Workshop for Year 9 and 10 high school students in the Georges River area, whereby female Council Officers and Councillors will act as mentors for the next generation," he said.
"Mentors will share their life experiences and lessons, provide practical tools to develop leadership capabilities, and build confidence and resilience among our future female leaders.
"Council has a wealth of knowledge to share with the younger generations, and by supporting young women in our community, we hope to encourage more women to seek out a career in local government," Councillor Greene said.
Cr Grekas said there is strong female representation across all of Council, including its Senior Leadership Team and among Councillors, with the organisation well-placed to impart a wide range of knowledge to young women in the community.
"There is an exceptional diversity of talents among our female leaders at Council. We're planners, lawyers, teachers, accountants, engineers, CFOs, General Managers, activists, small business owners and much more," Cr Grekas said.
"I did a quick survey of female Councillors, Directors and Senior Managers and found that we have over 564 years of collective experience in our chosen fields, not even counting our experience as Councillors."
Council is preparing a report detailing the costs associated with the in-house development and facilitation of a workshop, and has already received interest from potential sponsors for the initiative.