Mayor bid an ‘elbow’ for women
GREATER equality for Derwent Valley women is a top priority for mayoral candidate Julie Triffett, as she strives to become the first female Derwent Valley mayor at the upcoming local government elections.
Nominations closed on Monday for the 2018 council elections, with six passionate Derwent Valley residents electing to compete for the council’s top job, including current councillor Julie Triffett.
Cr Triffett, who has served as a councillor for the past four years, said raising awareness of women’s rights in the Derwent Valley would be one of her main goals if elected mayor.
“I would really love to make a change to the lives of a number of Valley women living with inequality,” she said.
“The Lyons electorate hasn’t got a women’s shelter, so that’s something I’d love to be able to help introduce.”
She also hopes becoming mayor would encourage more women to strive for top-end jobs.
“If becoming mayor can encourage girls to get into higher education and fulfil their destiny, that would be fantastic,” Cr Triffett said.
“People have told me mayor is a man’s job, so I hope to be an example showing women can succeed.”
The New Norfolk resident, who has lived in the Derwent Valley for over 40 years, said the council also needed to implement better communication practices with residents.
“The council needs to have a lot more communication with ratepayers,” she said.
“I feel that in the past the council hasn’t been good with that. So, to make a positive change in that area would be great.”
Cr Triffett will contest the position of Derwent Valley mayor alongside other candidates Paul Belcher, Phil Bingley, Chris Lester, Anne Salt and Ben Shaw.
TIME TO ROAR: Mayoral candidate Julie Triffett. Picture: