The response to a new women's advisory committee for Lithgow City Council has been very positive.
A meet and greet was held on April 9, at which 20 women showed their support for the new committee.
It is expected the new committee will weigh in on issues including skills building and empowerment for women.
"Members of the Women's Advisory Committee come from all walks of life, which highlights the diversity and strength of Lithgow," Lithgow City Council mayor Cr Ray Thompson said.
"Different cultural backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives enable committees to better identify 'blind spots' in the community, and work in an informed and innovative way."
Members will continue to meet throughout the year in order to work in groups on areas of key importance.
Furthermore, the committee will have an advocacy role and be able to provide advice and raise issues that matter to women at the council and state level.
"This is a proactive and dedicated group which will focus on achieving positive outcomes of equality, inclusion and respect for women in the Lithgow LGA," Cr Cassandra Coleman said, who moved the group be formed at council.
"I look forward to working with the members of the Women's Advisory Committee and am excited about the potential change we can co-create in our community."