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    Women encouraged to apply for local government awards

    Posted: Wednesday, 9 November 2011 | By: Sophie Cotsis

    Shadow Minister for Local Government and the Status of Women Sophie Cotsis MLC today encouraged women to nominate for the 2012 Ministers' Award for Women in Local Government.

    Ms Cotsis also called for the Awards to be expanded to include a new category for apprentices and trainees.

    "More than 22,000 women work in local government across NSW, and these awards are an opportunity to celebrate their service to our community," Ms Cotsis said.

    "The Awards were established by Labor in 2008 as part of International Women's Day celebrations to recognise the achievements of women and to encourage more women to serve their local community."

    There are six awards in three categories:
    1. Elected Representative (metropolitan council and rural/regional council);
    2. Senior Staff Member (metropolitan council and rural/regional council); and
    3. Non-Senior Staff Member (metropolitan council and rural/regional council).

    "I am calling on the Minister for Local Government to add a fourth category for women who are apprentices and Trainees," Ms Cotsis said.

    "The latest figures show that across NSW only 10 per cent of local government apprentices are women.

    "In 2010, there were only 48 women apprentices working for local government, compared to 412 male apprentices.

    "While there are 403 women trainees, I believe that a new category should be created to encourage women to work for local government and to take up apprenticeships and traineeships in this sector.

    "I am calling on the Minister for Local Government to recognise women apprentices and trainees, with separate awards for women from metropolitan councils and rural/regional councils."

    Nominations are open until 5.00 pm on Friday 18 November 2011.

    For details about how to nominate and information about past winners, visit www.dlg.nsw.gov.au

    Tags: councils, local government, Sophie Cotsis, training, women

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