Women urged to have a say


WITH less than a month remaining for candidates to nominate for the Clarence Valley Council election, women are being encouraged to put their names forward.

Clarence Valley Women Incorporated (CVWI) president Vicki St Lawrence said women should nominate to ensure a fair representation for women when the new council is elected on March 5.

She said the district had a good tradition of women standing and being elected in the Clarence Valley over a number of decades.

"But the problem is it's very much the minority and when you consider the majority of the population in the Clarence is female we definitely want some representation," she said.

Ms St Lawrence said many women from around the Clarence Valley had strong leadership.

To help those women make the final step in nominating, CVWI will hold workshops for women.

"A lot of women think about running and are interested, but a lot of them find that next step of actually doing it very difficult," Ms St Lawrence said.

"The workshops will give information about women in other local government areas ... and we'll have women from the councils around the Clarence to talk about what being on council's like and what it involves."

The workshops will run in Grafton on Sunday, January 30 from 2-4pm and at Maclean on Monday, January 31 from 10am-12 noon. Contact Vicki St Lawrence on 6643 2444 or Liza Bloomer on 6643 3031 by Janu- ary 24.

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