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Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Local Government Elections 2021

The Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021.  

At the shire election, you will be asked to vote on which candidates should become a Councillor for the next term of Council (2021–2024).

This year, you will also be asked to vote on whether the Bega Valley Shire Mayor should continue to be elected by Councillors or whether we should have a popularly elected Mayor chosen by the people. The outcome of this vote will come into effect at the Local Government Elections in 2024.

If you’re over 18, are an Australian citizen (or eligible British subject) and live in the Bega Valley Shire, make sure you’re enrolled to vote.

Polling booth locations and information about pre-polling and postal voting will be provided when the details are confirmed by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Non-residential roll

If you own land or are a lessee in the Bega Valley Shire, but do not live here, you may still be eligible to vote in the Local Government Elections. More information is available on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

If you would like to be added to the non-residential roll, please fill out the relevant form below and submit to the General Manager, Bega Valley Shire Council by 6.00pm (EST) Monday 26 July 2021.

By email:              council@begavalley.nsw.gov.au
By hand:               Zingel Place Bega
By post:                PO Box 492, Bega  NSW  2550

If you would like a hard copy of the form posted to you please email council@begavalley.nsw.gov.au or ring Council’s Customer Service staff on 6499 2222.

More information

For more information or to update your enrolment details, visit www.elections.nsw.gov.au

Potential candidates

If you are committed to serving our community, and working towards improving the services and infrastructure available across the shire, consider nominating as a candidate for the 2021 Local Government Elections. A candidate handbook will be available from the NSW Electoral Commission from late April.

Nominations must be lodged between Monday 26 July 2021 and 12 noon on 4 August 2021.

The NSW Electoral Commission is running a series of candidate webinars that give an overview of important information for candidates and the laws that apply to them.

Webinar: Candidate information

Tuesday, 27 April 11am: https://bit.ly/3aAEw8a

Thursday, 29 April 6pm: https://bit.ly/32GX2HE

Webinar: Election Funding and Disclosure

Tuesday, 11 May 6pm: https://bit.ly/3gDosGB

What it means to be a Councillor

Our nine elected Councillors have an important role in advocating for the needs of residents and leading the shire through our ongoing recovery journey and into the future.

Women, young people aged 18 and over, and Aboriginal people are encouraged to consider nominating, to ensure our Council reflects the community we serve.

Elected Councillors are supported by Council staff to undertake their duties. This includes an induction process to ensure Councillors understand their responsibilities and the full breadth of work Council is responsible for. 

Elected Councillors participate in Council meetings every three weeks, as well as weekly workshops with Council staff and public forums.

Councillors are remunerated for their time in line with the advice of the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal. See Council’s resolution from July 2020 or Payment of expenses and provision of facilities for Councillors procedure for more information.

Councillors usually serve a four-year term, however this election is for a three-year term to bring the election cycle back in line with the regular cycle after the delay due to COVID-19.

How to nominate

To find out how to register to become a candidate, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website, email candidates@elections.nsw.gov.au or phone the Candidate Helpdesk on 1300 022 011.

 

 


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