Women a strong force in new Bayside and Georges River Councils

Bayside Council has a record number of female Councillors with seven women taking their place on the 15-member Council including new mayor, Councillor Christina Curry.
Bayside Council has a record number of female Councillors with seven women taking their place on the 15-member Council including new mayor, Councillor Christina Curry.

The new Bayside Council has a record number of female Councillors with seven women taking their place on the 15-member Council.

Bayside Council has welcomed six new Councillors and nine returning Councillors following the Local Government elections on Saturday 4 December 2021.

This includes the council's first female mayor, Councillor Christina Curry.

Councillor Curry was also a councillor on the former Botany Council and is currently the NSW Local Government delegate to the national Women's Safety Taskforce and the Chair of the Bayside Women's Shelter.

The six new Councillors are Heidi Douglas, Ann Fardell, Mark Hanna, Jo Jansyn, Jennifer Muscat, and Greta Werner.

The new Georges River Council has six women out of 15 councillors including newly-elected deputy mayor, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry.

They are Natalie Mort, Kathryn Landsberry, Colleen Symington, Nancy Liu, Elise Borg and Christina Jamieson.

Their election reflects a dramatic rise in the number of women elected to councils across NSW.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) president Darriea Turley said women now make up 39.5 per cent of all councillors in NSW - an 8.5 per cent jump on the proportion of women elected in 2016/17.

"The proportion of women on council was stuck between 27 and 31 per cent for nearly a decade, so to make such great progress in a single election is really worth celebrating," Councillor Turley said.

"Some 69 of 124 councils that held elections in NSW now have more women on council than in previous terms.

"An impressive 27 councils actually have a female majority, nearly three times the number we saw in the last council term."

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