Women told to assert authority on council


WOMEN are urged to assert their right to a role in local government.

A forum in Grafton yesterday was told that local government generally was dominated by men. Women needed to stand up and be counted.

The forum was run by the Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA) and Clarence Valley Women Incorporated.

The groups offered information and training for Clarence women considering standing for election to the new Clarence Valley Council on March 4.

A similar forum will be run on the Lower River to- day at the council chambers at Maclean, 10-12am.

Yesterday's forum was addressed by former Ballina shire councillor and vicepresident of ALGWA, Marilyn Perkins. At the forum were 10 Clarence Valley women, including former Grafton mayor Shirley Adams.

Clarence Valley Women Incorporated vice-president Karin Kirk said there was a need for balance in the typically male-dominated council.

"We are hoping to get as many women in this election as possible," she said.

"There are nine places and we are hoping five to be women."

Candidates would be known later this week.

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