Cr Jennifer Anderson has officially become Ku-ring-gai’s longest serving mayor in the Council’s 104 year history and has called for more women to become councillors.
Mayor Anderson will run for a sixth term as a Councillor in next year’s elections, having first been elected to Ku-ring-gai Council in 2006. This year she became Ku-ring-gai’s longest serving mayor, having filled the top job from 2011 to 2012 and two consecutive terms from 2013 to 2015. She has served consecutive terms as mayor in 2016-2017, 2017-2019 and 2019-2021.
Her call comes as the NSW Electoral Commission issued a timeline for candidates considering standing in next September’s NSW local government elections.
Nominations to become a councillor will open on 26 July and close on 4 August 2021 through the Commission’s website. Election day is on Saturday 4 September 2021.
Aside from her mayoral commitments, Cr Anderson is the Council’s representative to the Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC), Chairperson of the Heritage Reference Committee, Chairperson of Marian Street Theatre Reference Committee, Chairperson of Recreation in Natural Areas – Environmental Advisory Group, Patron of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter and several other community organisations.
Mayor Anderson’s tenure has seen some major achievements by the Council, including construction of the Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre, the North Turramurra Recreation Area and the Open Space Acquisition Policy which has created numerous new parks in Ku-ring-gai.
“During my time on Council, we have strengthened protection for heritage through the implementation of heritage conservation areas and boosted the use of St Ives Showground by hosting signature events such as the St Ives Medieval Faire,” Mayor Anderson said.
“Council remains in a strong financial position, which has enabled us to deliver a significant capital works program annually. The Lindfield Village Green is under construction and on time for completion next year.”
“I am very proud of Council’s commitment to inclusivity through its Disability Action Plan. For example, this improves access to public amenities and all new playgrounds are being built in Ku-ring-gai with the needs of children with a disability top of mind.”
Mayor Anderson said local government needed women to accurately represent the diversity of our communities and ensure their views and needs were reflected in decision-making’.
“In the last two decades Ku-ring-gai has had strong representation by women on Council and I would certainly like to see that continue next year. This is in contrast to much of NSW which traditionally has low rates of female participation as elected councillors”.
Mayor Anderson said the NSW Office of Local Government was encouraging more women to stand through a series of videos and information on its website. You can view more information about this here.