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On Sunday 14 March, the Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA NSW), are hosting a free forum for Parkes Shire Women interested in becoming a councillor in the September elections.

This free community forum will provide information and support for Parkes Shire women who are passionate about our community or interested in becoming a local Councillor, prior to the NSW Local Government elections, which are scheduled for Saturday 4 September 2021.

Local Councils are concerned with matters close to our homes, such as water supply, planning and development, local roads and footpaths, town presentation, parks and playing fields, libraries and culture, local environmental issues, waste disposal, tourism and economic development and many more community services.

Parkes Shire Council services a large agricultural area and the communities of Parkes, Peak Hill, Bogan Gate, Trundle, Tullamore, Alectown and Cookamidgera, with a combined population of over 15,000. Council strives to deliver progress and value to the community. Through the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework, Council and the community establish the vision for the Shire and the future directions which form strategic focus areas to meet the vision.

Deputy Mayor Cr Barbara Newton said, "I strongly encourage local women who are passionate about our community and would like to have a role in important decision making in our local Shire to attend the free ALGWA forum.

"Come the September elections it would be fabulous to see more women run for NSW Council elections and truly represent our modern and diverse society," Cr Newton said.

President of Australia Local Government Women's Association NSW (ALGWA NSW) Cr Cassandra Coleman said, "I am proud to say that we on the Executive Board are putting our best foot forward to ensure that in the upcoming NSW Local Government September elections, representation of women will increase across this great state.

"The Executive and I will be crisscrossing the state, giving women encouragement and inspiration to be candidates. If you have the drive and determination, ALGWA NSW will give you support, information and encouragement to stand for election to your council," said Cr Coleman.

Council invites all interested Parkes Shire women to come along to the free forum hosted by ALGWA at the Comfort Inn Bushman's in Parkes on Sunday 14 March from 9am to 12pm.

For more information or to RSVP for the event please contact Council's Events Officer on 02 6861 2333 or Please RSVP by Thursday 11 March for catering purposes.