Town puts women at helm
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.
Shire president Jacki Ball with deputy president Julie Ramm.