The number of female mayors in South Australia has more than doubled in recent years.

The 2018 council elections saw 22 women elected to lead South Australian councils – a significant increase on the nine female mayors elected in 2014.

SA Local Government Association president Sam Telfer said this number could further increase, with 15 councils still to appoint a mayor or chairperson from within their ranks.

“We had 454 women nominate for council this year, which is a 20 per cent increase on 2014 and the highest on record,” Mayor Telfer said.

“We still have a way to go, but it’s encouraging to see more people willing to take on leadership positions, particularly women who will make up around a third of our mayors.”

Stats show community engagement with the 2018 council elections was also stronger, with an increase in voter participation compared to 2014.

“Around 395,000 South Australians voted this year, which is 38,000 more than in 2014,” said Mayor Telfer.

“Voting in council elections is one of the most important ways that people can have a say about the future of their community and it’s encouraging to see more people taking an interest in who is representing them.

“Importantly, I would like to congratulate all of our new councillors and mayors who now hold responsibility for improving their communities, and ensuring the voices of their constituents are heard,” he said.