SA sees strong growth in female leadership

The 2018 South Australian council elections have seen 22 women elected to lead councils across the state, an increase of over 100% over the 2014 elections.

The Local Government Association of South Australia’s President Sam Telfer has welcomed the results, with the number potentially set to rise with 15 councils still to appoint a mayor or chairperson.

“We had 454 women nominate for council this year, which is a 20% increase on 2014 and the highest on record,” Mayor Telfer said.

“The LGA and councils ran a campaign to increase the diversity of candidates in the lead up to these elections, and this message appears to have resonated with both candidates and voters.”

“This diversity of representatives will help deliver greater depth to decision making, with a variety of knowledge, experience, and perspectives.”

“We still have a way to go, but it’s encouraging to see more people willing to take on leadership positions, particularly women who will make up around a third of our mayors,” said Mayor Telfer.

Community engagement with the 2018 council elections was also stronger, with an increase in voter participation compared to 2014.

“Around 395,000 South Australians voted this year, which is 38,000 more than in 2014,” said Mayor Telfer.

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