Baw Baw female representation below state average [Poll] – Baw Baw 2012
 Baw Baw News   By // 09:16, Monday 8 October 2012

First published in Issue 7 of The Warragul Citizen, released 5 October 2012. Get it now!

FEMALE representation in council elections across Gippsland is slipping, with the number of female candidates in Baw Baw dropping by nine per cent this year.

The Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA) says the average number of female candidates in Victoria is 33 per cent, however the percentage of candidates in all six Gippsland councils combined is 28 per cent.


Analysis by The Warragul Citizen shows just 23 per cent of candidates for this year’s Baw Baw Shire Council election are female, a drop from 32 per cent of candidates in 2008.

Fifty-one per cent of the population of the Baw Baw Shire Council is female.

There are six female candidates in

this year’s Baw Baw Shire Council elections, down from eight in 2008.


The VLGA says the City of Latrobe is a “stand-out” in the region, with 41 per cent of candidates being female.

Across the state the number of female candidates has risen from 614 in 2008 to 664 this year.

Although disappointed by the slide in Gippsland, the VLGA remains positive.

“There has been a reduction in the percentage of women candidates, yet a positive result is that the spread of women candidates is more even,” VLGA CEO Maree McPherson said in a media release.

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