Inspired duo to run for council
THESE two young women might be the faces of the future in local government with both set to run as candidates in local council elections in September.
Kiri Dicker and Kate Olivieri were inspired to run for council after attending Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell's annual seminar to get women thinking about serving on their local council.
"Women who work in community or volunteer organisations, school committees and business all have skills which translate well into government," said Cr Dowell.
"The key is to have more women nominating, but we just don't get enough putting their hand up because women doubt their abilities."
Not so for Ms Dicker and Ms Olivieiri. Both realised they have the confidence and skills, and have been encouraged by family, friends and Cr Dowell.
"Women doubt their potential and say they can't do it and they can," said Ms Dicker, 30, of Lennox Head, who hopes to gain a seat on Ballina Council.
Ms Olivieri, 30, and running for a seat on Lismore Council, agrees.
"Women don't want to do these things because they feel like there's a lack of time or expertise on their part."
"I really think it's that confidence thing where women think they aren't sure and don't know if they can do it. "
While there are challenges such as the cost of running for council and balancing fulltime work with council commitments, the mayor said the workplace is a family friendly environment.
Ms Dicker hopes that more women might give her a run for her money.
"It's a great opportunity and would be a big change for the Ballina Shire if women's representation increased from the current three out of 10 councillors, to five out of 10 or possibly more."
Cr Dowell is keen to hear from any women interested in running for local government.
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