City of Vincent leading the way on gender equality in wake of calls for councils to become more diverse

City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole.
City of Vincent councillor Susan Gontaszewski. Picture: Facebook
City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole. City of Vincent councillor Susan Gontaszewski. Picture: Facebook

LOCAL Government Minister David Templeman’s call this week for diversity on councils comes about 11 weeks after City of Vincent council decided to include gender pay equality information in its annual reports.

Mr Templeman urged councils in the lead up to the October local government elections to attract more women, younger people and people with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

His comments were prompted by research at UWA, which found 33 per cent of people elected to WA councils were women and 60 per cent of councillors were aged over 55.

Vincent chief executive Len Kosova said it was an “equal opportunity employer” with 50 per cent of current managers being female.

He said 49.8 per cent of full-time employees were female, and two top council positions were held by women – mayor Emma Cole and deputy mayor Roslyn Harley.

“The City of Vincent… provides flexible work opportunities for all members of our diverse workforce to help balance work and home life,” he said.

“Our primary focus is on creating an inclusive work environment where all types of people can work – regardless of their gender, age or ethnicity.

“It is interesting to note that our four most recently appointed managers have all been women.”

He said the City has two chief executives, both of whom are male and two out of six mayors were female.

The average age of Vincent councillors was 40.

Former Vietnamese refugee and business owner Mai Nguyen was an unsuccessful candidate at the Vincent extraordinary election in February.

Ms Nguyen has confirmed she will run again in October.

Vincent councillor Jonathan Hallett’s motion to include gender pay equality information in its annual reports, his first, was passed unanimously at the June 27 meeting.

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