The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has honoured Gardiner Ward Councillor Coral Ross by including her on the 2019 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

An active and respected Boroondara leader and participant, Cr Ross has been recognised by the Victorian Government for advocating women’s leadership and representation in Local Government to support their local communities.

As Boroondara’s longest-serving female Councillor, Cr Ross is a former political journalist and is eager to challenge the status quo by supporting the growth and development of women to improve their participation and representation on councils.

“We need to do more to see women participate equally in Local Government, as a council which reflects its community will better serve its community. It is important to have diverse voices at the table,” said Cr Ross.

“Gender equality in education, work and at a local level allows a society to reach its full potential and increasing women’s participation and promoting gender equality will mean more women will make important contributions to leadership in their communities.”

First elected to Boroondara Council in 2002, Cr Ross has lived in East Hawthorn for 26 years, serving as mayor on three occasions. In 2014 Cr Ross was recognised as one of the notable Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in the Local/Regional category.

Councillor Ross is also a recipient of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship in 2018. The award provides an opportunity for Cr Ross to create positive change by exploring how other countries support the election of women to government.

More recently, Cr Ross was elected President of the Municipal Association of Victoria which is the peak body for local government. Cr Ross also serves as National President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association.

Mayor of Boroondara Cr Jane Addis said “Local government leadership provides unique opportunities to improve the lives of people in really meaningful ways, from local services and infrastructure, to improving the way we connect in our community. I would sincerely like to congratulate Cr Ross for her commitment to gender equality and for her determination to support aspiring female councillors.”

The Victorian Honour Roll of Women was established in 2001 to recognise the achievements of women from across Victoria and was established as part of the celebrations of Victoria's Centenary of Federation.

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