While females are no strangers to our Local Council tables, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh has announced a new national award to encourage more women into local government.
“The ‘Grace Benny Award’ will be added to the national local government awards from next year to coincide with the centenary of the first woman elected to any level of government in Australia—Grace Benny who was elected to the Brighton Council in South Australia in 1919.”
Dr McVeigh says he’s delighted to announce the Grace Benny Award—proposed to him by the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA).
“Meeting with ALGWA national president Coral Ross and ALGWA NSW president Marianne Saliba we agreed to announce this award to recognise and support councils in their efforts to get more women involved in local government.”
“This important new award recognises both the centenary of Grace Benny’s election to Brighton Council and the efforts of councils nationally to encourage and support women in local government.”
Dr McVeigh says the Grace Benny Award would be open to all councils that encouraged more female councillors and also more female staff in all areas of council services and operations.