NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has encouraged regional women to put their hand up to run for local council at the September 2021 council elections.

Mr Anderson said local council service offered a rewarding career working with residents and businesses to improve the lifestyle and amenity of the community.

“The NSW Nationals are committed to increasing female representation on councils around the state,” he said.

NSW Nationals Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said strong, effective councils were those that reflect the diverse communities they serve and represent.

“You don’t need any formal qualifications to stand for election – all you need is a strong will and a desire to make a difference in your local community,” she said.

Gunnedah councillor Colleen Fuller said it would be wonderful to see more women in local government.

The NSW Nationals in the state government have launched an Election of Women to Local Government promotional campaign featuring a series of inspiring videos and partnered with Women for Election Australia to run a series of workshops to equip aspiring candidates to stand for election at the 2021 elections.

“We must do all we can to inspire and empower more women to stand for their community so I am encouraging regional women to consider running for council election and help our community grow and prosper,” Mr Anderson said.