Cobar Mayor honoured for championing outback communities

Cobar Shire Council Mayor Lilliane Brady OAM was named the inaugural winner of the NSW Minister for Local Government Award for Women this week.

The award – which is part of the annual Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government – recognises a female councillor or staff member who has delivered quality outcomes in helping women in their local community.

Cr Brady is the longest-serving female mayor in NSW, and during her years in office built the region’s first aged care home, established a mayoral fund for cancer support, and helped the community through drought.

Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock congratulated Cr Brady and the other award-winners and nominees for their dedication and commitment to serving their local communities.

“With our local communities impacted by bushfires, drought and Covid-19 this year, it has never been more important to recognise the dedication and commitment of the remarkable women serving in our local councils across the State,” Mrs Hancock said.

“This year’s winners have shown exceptional leadership in not only serving their councils and communities but also leading the way for other women considering a rewarding career in local government.”

The full list of winners can be found on the NSW Office of Local Government webpage.

In related news, the West Australian Government has celebrated the centenary of the election of the first woman to local government in WA.

Elizabeth Clapham was elected to the Town of Cottesloe Council in 1920, serving one term.

Local Government Minister David Templeman described Cr Clapham as a great role model for women.

Speaking at an event organised by the Australian Local Government Women’s Association’s WA branch to mark her achievement, Mr Templeman said he is committed to having more women on council and in administration.

“Local governments need to ensure gender inclusive approaches to work continue, and councils should aim to be more gender balanced and representative of our community,” he said.