THE Inner West Council is encouraging locals to consider becoming a candidate at the forthcoming local government elections.
Council encourages diversity among its councillors and is particularly urging women, young people and people from non-English speaking backgrounds to consider standing.
Two candidate information sessions will be held in the coming weeks: Leichhardt Service Centre, 7-15 Wetherill Street, Leichhardt, on Thursday, July 20, at 6.30pm; and Ashfield Service Centre, 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield, Tuesday, August 15, at 6.30pm.
Inner West Council Administrator Richard Pearson said women make up just over half of the population, but only about a quarter of councillors in local government in NSW.
"This means that in many communities across NSW the voices of women are missing from debate and decision-making," he said.
"It's important that the people we elect to represent us actually reflect the diversity of our communities.
"So not only women, but also people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability, young people…all these demographics are under-represented on local councils."
The NSW Electoral Commission provides videos, presentations and information on the six steps to becoming a candidate for local government elections. Visit the Vote NSW website for more information.
On Saturday, September 9, voters will elect 15 new councillors – three for each of the five wards.