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Bass Coast leading local women

Bass Coast Shire Council is set to host a free ‘Bass Coast Women Leading Locally Forum’ to help inspire women to become successful leaders in the community.

Council says the Forum aims to bring current and former women councillors together to share their insights with the community on the benefits and challenges of being a woman on council.

Deputy Mayor, Leticia Laing, Councillor Clare Le Serve and former Mayor and Councillor, Pam Rothfield will share their experiences of local government with attendees.

Cr Laing said women are generally under-represented in all levels of government and local government is no exception.

“This forum is about providing an opportunity for women who are curious about council as a way to contribute and explore their leadership skills,” she said.

“Women by and large are incredible leaders and offer so much in our community. This is a chance to learn about council as a way to contribute from women who have already been there.

“It will be a space to ask us a range of questions. Even if you’ve never thought about running for council and just want to know what it’s like, this forum is for you.”

Other guest speakers will include Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillor Sarah Race, who is also a member of the Local Government Gender Equality Advisory Committee. Bass Coast Shire CEO Ali Wastie will be the MC and facilitate the Q&A session.

Attendees will also learn about the Women Leading Locally Fellowship Program. This Program aims to increase the representation of women councillors and mayors in Victoria, with a focus on campaigning as a candidate for the 2024 Local Government elections.

The Forum will be held on Thursday, 6 October from 10am to 11.30am at the old Wonthaggi Post Office, located at the corner of Watt Street and McBride Avenue. Morning tea and a child-minding service are provided.

To register your attendance to the Women Leading Locally Forum, visit

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