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Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell is planning for the day she hands over the mayoral robes in two year’s time.

Cr Dowell, who has been on council for 12 years, serving eight of those as mayor, is hoping to see more women run for the position.

‘We need to increase the representation of women in local government,’ Cr Dowell told Echonetdaily.

‘I have made my decision not to run again after 12 years but I want to see other women consider running.

‘NSW council elections are scheduled for September 10, 2016.

‘So on Wednesday I’m hosting an information session for women interested in standing for election in two year’s time.’

Cr Dowell, who has been successful running on a Country Labor ticket, said only 27 per cent of councillors in NSW were female.

‘So if women out there are interested in considering standing for election, would like to link up with current women councillors from our region to get more information or would like to support a woman candidate, please come along to the session at Lismore Council Chambers on Wednesday at 5pm for a cuppa before a 5.30-6.30pm forum.’

Meanwhile, Lismore will tomorrow elect a new deputy mayor.

The current deputy, Neil Marks, told Echonetdaily that he would run again.

‘I’ve been asked to run so I probably will,’ he said, adding that he had no idea who he might be up against.


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  1. Sometimes we need to look at beyond gender and get some honest, committed and courageous people on Council etc. Obviously as both genders are fairly equal in numbers then fair representation of that fact shouldn’t be the issue it has become.

    The problem we have at Lismore is that Mayor Dowell regardless of her gender is supporting policies that will have detrimental and adverse impacts on the community. Beneath the populist politics, (not to say her commitment to the CSG issue is other than sincere, in line with the rest of the 90 per cent of the Community,) it’s the issues such as Fluoride, NBN Towers, airport sell off, the North Lismore Plateau development and the Masters Homes clearing are examples on her watch where environment, Council finances, public heath and significant Aboriginal heritage will suffer.
    Jenny’s leadership is marred by shutting down the debate on these issues and not allow the voice of those who don’t agree, though in many cases they are the very comrades who stood strong with her against CSG, By all means women get yourselves into Council but not let populism be used in the fights for your rights to deflect the from the real issues affecting the community and the environment.


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