Empowering Women in Local Government

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Empowering Women in Local Government

Posted on: 01.02.2016

“Empowering Women in Local Government” is a unique learning opportunity developed by the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (NSW) and the University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG).

This innovative program has been specifically designed to support women considering:

  • standing for election in the NSW 2016 Local Government elections
  • existing women councillors
  • women working within the local government sector.

The training course includes the following:

  • Module 1: Understanding NSW Local Government: LG in context; LG reform; gender representation in LG; benefits of gender balanced decision making
  • Module 2: Developing professional and personal leadership skills; leadership theory, understanding emotional intelligence; personality characteristics; positive communication; thinking strategically; presentations and public speaking
  • Module 3: Campaigning to win - How to get elected and what happens next; campaign logistics – the rules in NSW; paperwork and other campaign organisational tools; establishing a campaign theme; setting up a campaign team; understanding resources and fundraising (including your legal disclosure responsibilities); doorknocking; phone-banking; setting up a booth roster; recruiting volunteers; pre-poll and election day; interpreting results; post-election.

The dates for the course are:

  • Friday 5 February 5pm-8pm
  • Saturday 6 February: 9am-4pm
  • Saturday 20 February: 9am-4pm
  • Saturday 5 March: 9am-4pm

The face-to-face elements of the course will be held at Penrith City Council beginning on 5 February. Enquiries can be made by ringing Nicole Campbell 0402 132 669 or Cr Vicki Scott 0418 699 350.