The Whyalla City Council and Mayor Clare McLaughlin gained special recognition this week from the State Government.
South Australian Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman and Minister Michelle Lensink hosted South Australia’s 20 newly-elected female mayors at Parliament House.
The visit and tour of Parliament House was designed to recognise and congratulate the large contingent of female mayors recently elected in South Australia.
Mayor McLaughlin said the event was not only a great chance to make face-to-face contact with other mayors and important members of government, it was also a ‘wonderful opportunity’ to promote Whyalla and all the exciting developments in our city.
“As a newly-elected mayor it was a fantastic opportunity to talk to other mayors in our state and key members of the government to swap ideas and make important connections,” Ms McLaughlin said.
“It was also a chance for myself, on behalf of Council and the Whyalla community, to promote the exciting developments in Whyalla as we start on the City Transformation Blueprint.
“As a regional Council and city, it is important to promote ourselves, our initiatives and exciting projects to the rest of the state.
“From talking to other mayors, we are certainly being noticed and acknowledged throughout the state for the work we are doing and the community spirit that is helping drive our city forward.”
Speaking after the event, Ms Chapman said it was wonderful to see such a substantial increase in female representation in this year’s council elections.
“As I’ve said in the past, it is detrimental and commercially stupid to ignore the contributions, skills, and talents of women – they are half the population,” she said.
“Good luck to the 20 new female mayors in their next four years of the job. I look forward to working with each and every one of them to make South Australia a better place.”
Ms Chapman is the Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, with further responsibility for the Justice Reform and Consumer and Business Services portfolios.
Ms Lensink is the Minister for Human Services with responsibility for communities and social inclusion, social housing, disabilities, women, youth and volunteers.