Monday, 9 May 2011


State-wide workshops aim to increase female participation in local elections

A series of workshops will be held across Tasmania as part of a drive to address the dramatic gender imbalance in local government.

Women occupy only 25% of councillor positions and the WomenCan initiative aims to bring more females to the table.

In just under six months, Tasmania local government elections will be held with nominations open from September 12-26 and voting from October 11-25.

WomenCan is supported by the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Tasmania.  It aims to encourage women to seek office and then provides them with  support when they do.

ALGWA branch president Councillor Cheryl Fuller said it was important for local government to become more representative. “Women make such a huge contribution to their local community and we need their voices to be heard,” she said.

Details for the state-wide workshops are:

·         Hobart - May 2, 4pm-6pm, Hobart City Council Conference Room cnr.        Davey and Elizabeth Sts. Hobart

  • North-West – May 16, 5.30pm-7pm, Devonport City Council Chambers,  44-48 Best Street, Devonport

  • North – May 17, 1pm-2.30pm, Riverside Council Chambers, Eden Street, Riverside (Launceston)

To register for the sessions and more information email Councillor Alwyn Friedersdorff, ALGWA Secretary on

FIND OUT MORE:   To find out more about the WomenCan program and its support networks and events email

For more information/interviews contact:
Cr Cheryl Fuller, Australian Local Government Women’s Association (Tasmania) branch president and Central Coast Councillor, 0458 888 040

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