POLITICAL WOMEN: Politics At Heart speakers will include (from left) Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, Nationals Senate candidate Fiona Leviny and Daily Examiner journalist Caitlan Charles.
POLITICAL WOMEN: Politics At Heart speakers will include (from left) Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, Nationals Senate candidate Fiona Leviny and Daily Examiner journalist Caitlan Charles.

Women talk politics from the heart

THE Clarence Valley Women and Business Network Group has decided to host an evening get-together to see what inspires some women to walk the political pathway for the greater good.

Organiser of the event, Debrah Novak, said they had engaged five North Coast women who experience politics from very different backgrounds and yet continually inspire to effect change.

"They have agreed to talk from the heart about what inspires them to not only have a conversation about politics but to get involved," she said.

Guest speakers are Lismore's current mayor, Jenny Dowell, former Federal Senate candidate, Fiona Leviny, political reporter, Caitlan Charles, Knitting Nanna Community Advocate, Lynette Eggins, and Aboriginal Women's Rights Advocate, Rachael Cavanagh.

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell was first elected in 2004, having caught the bug of local government in 2003 when she started attending council meetings.

Previous 2016 Federal Senate candidate Fiona Leviny has the Clarence community at the heart and centre of everything she does.

Meanwhile, not to be put off by all the political banter and fire and brimstone conversations of the older folk, 23-year-old Caitlan Charles loves nothing more than having a chat about politics.

Aboriginal Women's Advocate Rachael Cavanagh met with politicians in Canberra earlier this year to lobby for increased services for Aboriginal women on the North Coast.

Lynette Eggins stepped out of her comfort zone to become a foundation member of the North Coast Knitting Nannas and lobbied the state government about CSG.

The Politics At Heart event will be staged on August 15 from 5.30-7.30pm at Cowper Art Gallery. Cost is $20 per head, and supper will be provided.