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Published Friday 8 March 2019
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Mitchell Shire celebrating International Women’s Day in 2019

Mitchell Shire Council is working hard to create a family and gender friendly environment for staff and throughout the wider community.

Once again, Council will celebrate International Women’s Day and the theme of the day is #BetterForBalance which aims to highlight and encourage a gender-balanced community. This forms part of our Social Justice Framework, a program which Mitchell Shire Council takes very seriously.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said working together was an integral part of our community.

“This year’s International Women’s Day is another chance to highlight the extraordinary work women do throughout our community. We have three women on our council, Councillor Fiona Stevens, Councillor Annie Goble and Councillor Rhonda Sanderson, who was our Mayor for two terms, and many other brilliant women in our community,” he said.

Mitchell Shire Director Advocacy and Community Services Mary Agostino said this year’s International Women’s Day was important.

More than half of our full-time workforce are women and six of the 13 leadership positions are filled with women. It is wonderful to see so many women in our workforce as we look to continuing making strides in gender-equity.
Mitchell Shire Director Advocacy and Community Services Mary Agostino

“Council aims to take important strides towards balanced community, but we understand there is always more to be done in our community and we take that role very seriously,” she said.

“Council is committed to ensuring that people of all genders are actively supported to access and enjoy the same rights, resources and opportunities within Mitchell Shire.

“More than half of our full-time workforce are women and six of the 13 leadership positions are filled with women. It is wonderful to see so many women in our workforce as we look to continuing making strides in gender-equity.

“We have three females on our Council and Cr Rhonda Sanderson was elected by her peers as Mayor for two terms in 2016/17 and again in 2017/18.

“We also work with countless of local organisations striving to create a better Michell Shire through education and knowledge. We work with Women’s Health Goulburn North East which aims to further policy developing and implementation of family violence training.

“We work with Nexus, Seymour District Memorial Hospital and Kilmore and District Hospital to help understand ways we can better support women. Through this we aim to promote women into leadership roles and how women can be better supported.

“International Women’s Day is a great opportunity for us to reflect on the wonderful achievements and strides the women in our community have taken. Each year, we proudly host an International Women’s Day lunch. This year’s event is this Friday at Club Mandalay in Beveridge.”