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Council marks International Women’s Day

Council marks International Women’s Day

Armidale Regional Council marked International Women’s Day with a morning tea gathering to celebrate all the women who work at Council – and to acknowledge the special achievements of four staff members who were nominated to receive an award at the 2017 Ministers' Awards for Women in Local Government.

Administrator Dr Ian Tiley said that Council was keen to use the prompt of International Women’s Day to dedicate some time to acknowledge women on staff and the great work they do every day.

“We especially wanted to celebrate four of our team who were each nominated for an award at this year’s Ministers' Awards for Women in Local Government,” Dr Tiley said. “Janine Carson, Cindy Garrahy, Lisa Hallman and Megan Cone each work in male dominated areas of local government. Each of these women was nominated by their peers - a great credit to the great work they do and the regard in which they are held.”

NSW Minister for Local Government, Gabrielle Upton and Minister for Women Tanya Davies honoured women in local government at the tenth annual awards ceremony held at Parliament House ahead of International Women’s Day.

Armidale Regional Council’s Megan Cone was announced as the winner of the award for ‘Women in a Non-Traditional Role – Rural or Regional Council’.

“The Awards are intended to mark the impressive achievements of women at local councils throughout NSW,” said Dr Tiley. “It is a credit to Megan that her work has been acknowledged at this level.”

Megan is Operator in Charge at the Armidale Waste Management Facility and was nominated for the award by her Supervisor, James Turnell. Megan leads the Waste Transfer team in an ‘in the field’ position, dealing daily with her staff and the public using the various areas of Council’s waste management facilities. She inspires her colleagues on a daily basis, promoting professional standards and accountability.

“International Women’s Day is a global day which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women. It marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity,” Dr Tiley said. “This year’s theme, ‘Be Bold for Change’, encourages each of us to show leadership in our own spheres of influence to take bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Council acknowledges this vital issue and is committed to lead by example to make a difference throughout the Armidale region to achieve equity for all women.”

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