NSW Government campaign encourages more diversity on councils

Give it a go: NSW councils are encouraging people from all walks of life to consider running for council this year. Picture: Shutterstock
Give it a go: NSW councils are encouraging people from all walks of life to consider running for council this year. Picture: Shutterstock

The NSW Government is calling on women, young people, First Nations people, ethnically diverse people and people of all abilities to run for council this year.

The Stand for Your Community- Diversity Counts campaign aims to increase the number of candidates from under-represented groups at the September 4 election.

The Office of Local Government website states that 'strong and effective councils are those that reflect the diverse communities they serve'.

"If you have a strong sense of community and are keen to make a difference in your local neighbourhood, then you should consider nominating for the September 4 local government elections," it states.

"Councillors represent their local community's needs, wants and aspirations and make important decisions on behalf of their local community.

"You don't need any formal qualifications and you will receive training, support, expenses and fees if you are elected."

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said is important that the diversity of council reflects diversity in the community.

"Fairfield City Council has had diverse Councillor representation for many years," he said.

"The role of a councillor is to represent the interests of the community and facilitate communication between council and the community.

"We encourage anyone who wants to represent the community as a councillor to apply to be a candidate at the upcoming Local Government elections.

"Nominations open July 26. Prospective candidates can call 9725 0226 for more information."