Women take seats on council
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.