Women take seats on coun­cil

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Azal Khan

BLACK­TOWN is cel­e­brat­ing girl power with four women elected to the coun­cil, be­lieved to be the strong­est fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion in its his­tory.

Lib­eral Coun­cil­lor Linda San­tos, along with La­bor coun­cil­lors Kathie Collins, Carol Is­rael and Julie Grif­fiths make up the new 15mem­ber coun­cil, which in­cludes 10 new faces.

Cr San­tos and Cr Is­rael were elected in Ward 4 and will rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Mt Druitt, Glen­den­ning, Minch­in­bury, Rooty Hill and East­ern Creek for the next four years.

Re-elected Mayor Stephen Bali, the third Ward 4 coun­cil­lor, praised the di­verse com­po­si­tion of the line-up.

“The num­ber of women on coun­cil has dou­bled,” Cr Bali said in his maiden speech. “This can only be a good thing, es­pe­cially as two of the women coun­cil­lors also bring with them valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence as for­mer coun­cil­lors of this city.”

Cr Collins, who has served as a coun­cil­lor but not in the last term, said she was de­lighted with the num­ber of women rep­re­sent­ing the com­mu­nity.

Black­town Cr Linda San­tos.

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