Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has called on local communities to nominate female councillors and council staff for the 2017 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government.


Mr Anderson said the Awards recognise the outstanding contribution and achievements of women in local government in NSW.


“At Gunnedah Council, Tamworth Regional Council and Walcha Council there are many talented and inspiring women who every day make a genuine difference to our local communities.

“I would encourage people to nominate a female councillor or council staff member who has made an outstanding contribution and deserves to be recognised for their commitment to the communities in which we live.” 


The Awards are a joint initiative between the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole and the Minister for Women Pru Goward and recognise the achievements of women in metropolitan, regional and rural councils across four categories: Elected Representative, Senior Staff Member, Non-Senior Staff Member, and Women in Non-Traditional Roles.


Mr Toole said he encouraged communities to shine a light on those unsung heroes in their communities and nominate women in local government who should be celebrated.


“We want to inspire the younger generation of women to consider a role in local government and make a difference in their local communities,” Mr Toole said.


Minister for Women Pru Goward said the awards recognise women who are excelling in roles traditionally held by men.


“We want to continue encouraging all women to consider a role in local government and make an impact in their local communities,” Ms Goward said.


Nominations close on Wednesday, 21 December 2016.

The Awards will be presented at a function to celebrate International Women’s Day at Parliament House on 7 March 2017.

Further details of the categories and how to nominate are available on the Office of Local Government’s website at

Contact Our Office

13 Fitzroy St
Tamworth NSW 2340

Postal Address
PO Box 1740
Tamworth NSW 2340

(02) 6766 1422

(02) 6766 6765


The Nationals - For Regional Australia