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Celebrating The Year of Women in Local Government
General Manager, Lindy Hyam
As General Manager it is my job to build a talented and cohesive workforce dedicated to delivering quality services to the people of
Newcastle. This year we celebrate The Year of Women in Local Government and I am proud of the extensive contribution of women
employed by The City of Newcastle. The employees represented here are some of a large group of women employed in a variety of
roles, from enforcement and field based functions to technical, managerial and leadership positions.
As a major employer in the Newcastle region I recognise the benefits of a sustainable, equitable and forward-looking workforce. The
delivery of 69 services to the people of Newcastle is not possible without the contribution of committed and capable employees - many
of which are women.
Manager City Presentation Services - Lisa Scully
Lisa Scully is responsible for city presentation, including waste collection, graffiti
management, road sweeping and cleaning. She also manages the mechanical workshop
at the Works Depot. Lisa has a strong operational background and enjoys working with
123 staff to deliver services to the community and other parts of Council.
Local Studies Librarian - Sue Ryan
Sue Ryan works with the Local Studies team to provide a specialised library
and research service to Council and the community. The team preserves and
provides access to a significant collection of historical archives, photographs
and rare books relating to the development of Newcastle.
IT Support Officer - Joanne Layzell
Joanne Layzell is a technical support officer with IT Desktop Services who purchase and
maintain Council's fleet of PCs, Laptops, Smartphone devices and other equipment such
as scanners and printers. Joanne says team work and good customer relations skills are
essential in her role.
Manager Place Management Services - Deborah Alterator
Deborah Alterator is responsible for 130 staff who deliver a variety of services,
from maintaining parks and sport facilities to burying dead whales on the beach.
Her team includes Council lifeguards, parks and gardens staff, the Blackbutt
team, landscape architects, urban trees and community greening.
Customer Service Officer - Roimata Selway
Roimata Selway deals with a diverse range of customers either face to face or by phone.
Roimata's duties include checking and registering a range of applications and operating
Council's switchboard. She is currently completing a Diploma of Architecture Technology
with the goal to become a development officer.
Community Worker, Aged and Disability Services - Wendy Mackenzie
Wendy Mackenzie leads a team to assist seniors, people with a disability
and carers through planning, community development, service support and
advocacy to improve equity and social justice in the city. Wendy has supported
seniors groups to improve their centres and expand their activities.
Parking Officer - Karen Pemberton
Karen Pemberton is one of eight women working in a team of 13 compliance officers.
She has been a Parking Officer at Council for the past seven years. Her role is to ensure
a turnover of traffic and monitor safe parking at schools. Karen also provides the general
public with information about parking and attractions in our beautiful city.
"My role as a councillor
is both rewarding and
challenging. As one
of only two women on
Council, I believe improving
equity and access to under
represented groups in
government is vital for the
future governance of our
city. I enjoy the multiplicity
of issues Councillors face
and celebrate Newcastle's
natural and cultural heritage
and our contribution to the
Australian way of life."
"Local government is where
many of the decisions
relating to our communities
are made. These decisions
impact directly on our lives,
so it's important that our
reflect the diversity of our
community. Joy Cummings
paved the way for women
in local government in
Newcastle and Australia and
her legacy reminds us of
the enormous potential that
women bring to Council."
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