A PROGRAM has been developed to help get women more involved with local politics.
At the 2020 local government elections, all incumbent female councillors representing Frankston chose not to run again. Women were under-represented at the last Frankston Council election when compared to other local government elections statewide.
The Women Leading Locally program has been set up to help give women the resources and skills to run for local office. Applications are now open for the state government program.
Frankston councillor Sue Baker is a first-time councillor, having been elected in 2020. She says she wants to see more women put their hand up to make a run for council.
“I wanted to support my community and make a difference locally – that’s why I stood for council. My experience spans corporate and not-for-profit organisations managing people and resources,” Baker said. “With this background and a passionate focus on customer service, I saw the opportunity to run for council as the perfect role to bring my skills, experience and passion for people together in the place I now call home.
“It’s critical that women’s voices are heard on council and I encourage other women to take the first step to achieving this by applying for the Women Leading Locally program.”
Applications are open until 28 June. There will be 120 spaces available.
For more information or to apply visit communitydirectors.com.au/training/women-lead