The NSW Government has announced the new date for the 2021 local government elections is Saturday 4 December 2021.
The decision to postpone the elections from 4 September 2021 has been made after extensive consultation with and on advice from the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health in relation to the COVID-19 situation.
The 2020 Local Government elections were postponed for 12 months due to COVID. Both postponements will not affect the schedule of subsequent council elections. After the December 2021 elections, the next local government election will take place in September 2024.
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 postal voting will be provided when the details are confirmed by the NSW Electoral Commission.
The NSW Electoral Commission has information to help you understand what you need to know as a voter in this election.