Mayor bid an ‘el­bow’ for women

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

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.

Pic­ture: SAM ROSEWARNE

TIME TO ROAR: May­oral can­di­date Julie Trif­fett. Pic­ture:

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