It is absolutely crucial Griffith's young and diverse residents throw their hat in the ring for this year's local government elections, according to a current councillor.
Speaking to The Area News, councillor Anne Napoli called on women, young people, and people from diverse backgrounds to consider a spot at the Griffith City Council table and think about how they could help improve the region.
Cr Napoli, who has been on Griffith's council since 2004, highlighted the area's multiculturalism and called for it to be reflected in the elected officials.
"We have over 70 different nationalities in this local government area and unfortunately they're not all well represented," Cr Napoli said.
"I think it would be nice to have people from these other cultural backgrounds around the table because they would be able to bring forward different view points and also different issues and concerns."
Cr Napoli also spoke of the importance of having women and young people enter the running.
"Across NSW from what I understand only 28 per cent of councillors are women and only 14 per cent of general managers," she said. "We should be aiming for 50 per cent."
The seasoned councillor described the position as one which came with a lot of challenges, but which also provides a unique opportunity to represent and give back to the community.
These views were echoed by Carmel La Rocca, the president of the Multicultural Council of Griffith, who said it would be great to see as many people as possible in the running.
"Griffith is such a multicultural city and a bit of diversity on council definitely wouldn't go astray," Mrs La Rocca said.
"If people care about their community and want to see it move forward and be progressive then this is a good chance for them to put their hand up.
Mrs La Rocca added that there was "no point" complaining if you wouldn't be willing to push for change.
Earlier this year, almost all of Griffith's current councillors stated they would be running for re-election.
Local resident Ricky Chugha also stated his intentions to run for council, while speaking to The Area News in May.
Information on how to run for council is available on the Griffith City Council website, with nominations set to close on August 4.
The NSW Local Government Elections are currently set to be held on Saturday, September 4.
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