Town puts women at helm

Great Southern Herald - - News - Sjanna San­dalova

A new era for Dum­b­leyung has be­gun, with Jacki Ball elected as the town’s first fe­male Shire pres­i­dent.

At a coun­cil meet­ing held on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 22, Cr Jacki Ball was voted in as Shire pres­i­dent, and Cr Julie Ramm as deputy Shire pres­i­dent.

Mrs Ball, who has lived in Dum­b­leyung for 35 years, said the new board was a sign of times chang­ing.

“I am re­ally ex­cited to be the first fe­male Shire pres­i­dent of Dum­b­leyung and I think it’s a sign of the times,” she said.

“We are a farm­ing area and the Shire pres­i­dent is typ­i­cally a male role, but times are chang­ing and we’ve got five fe­male coun­cil­lors now out of nine.”

As the new town pres­i­dent, Mrs Ball said she wants to fo­cus on arts and cul­ture. “My pas­sion is for arts and cul­ture and I’d love to in­vest more time and money into it, while still fo­cus­ing on the town’s other ar­eas,” she said.

The first woman to be a mem­ber of the Dum­b­leyung coun­cil was elected in 1980.

Pic­ture: Shire of Dum­b­leyung

Shire pres­i­dent Jacki Ball with deputy pres­i­dent Julie Ramm.

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