Ryde celebrates 100 years of women in local government

The City of Ryde celebrated 100 years of women in local government with the unveiling of an honour
board which recognises every woman who has served on Council.

A total of 17 women have served as Councillors for the City of Ryde, with Edna Wilde OAM the only
woman to have served as Mayor, a role she held on three separate occasions between 1980 -1982.

1999 -2000 and 2002 -2004.

Mrs Wilde OAM was present at the unveiling as well as current serving councillors, Clr Edwina Clifton
and Clr Penny Pedersen.

Former deputy mayors Lyn Langtry and Gabrielle O’Donnell, and former councillors Nicole Campbell
and Roslyn Lunsford were also present.

City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, said the honour board was a fitting tribute to the 17 women
who have served as councillors.

“Each of the women listed on the honour board are trailblazers in their own right and I hope that this
recognition will encourage other women to follow in their path,” Clr Laxale said.

“At a time when we need more female representation at local government level, this honour board
also underscores how much work has to be done to make this happen. Of the 312 councillors who
have served on the City of Ryde and Eastwood councils since 1870, only 1 7 of those were women.

“It is for this very reason that the City of Ryde recently joined the A ustralian Local Government
W omen’s Association NSW to run forums and training designed to encourage more women to run for
Council. ”

Status of Women Advisory Committee Chair, Clr Pedersen, brought the motion to Council to install
the honours board.

“Not only is this honour board a fitting way to celebrate 100 years of women in local government but
also recognises the service these female councillors undertook for the City of Ryde,” Clr Pedersen
said.

“Just over half of our population is female and right now just two women out of 12 councillors is
certainly not representative of our community. A lot needs to change of course, but I hope this small
gesture will help inspire other women to nominate for Council and serve their community.”

Clr Clifton added: “Hopefully recognition like this honour board will encourage more women to run for
preselection and put their names on the ballot paper for this ye ar’s elections.”

The honour board is located at Council’s Chambers.

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