Are you thinking of becoming a Councillor and nominating in the upcoming Election on 9 September 2017?
Councillors are elected by their local community to represent community views on Council, provide leadership and make sure local needs are met. They do this by directing a Council's affairs, allocating resources for the benefit of the local area, developing policies and reviewing the Council's performance in relation to delivering services and other matters.
To assist Councillors in their role Bathurst Regional Council has in place a Community Strategic Plan which:
- Aims to inform the community about the major directions and programs Council is undertaking in shaping the future of the Bathurst Region.
- The Plan will be revised at the commencement of each new Council in consultation with the community (i.e. after the local government elections every four years).
- The four key themes of the Plan to provide for sustainability and community well-being are:
- economic prosperity;
- liveable communities;
- environmental sustainability; and
- sound leadership.
- The current Plan can be downloaded here.
A Councillor's role is important. The decisions a councillor makes and the services provided by Councils can impact on our lives, our local community and our local environment.
The election for Bathurst Regional Council is being held on 9 September 2017. In the lead up to the election there are some deadlines that must be met if you are planning on nominating for election to Council. Some key election dates and information for prospective candidates are provided below:-
(as currently anticipated)
- 31 July 2017 - Close of Authorised Roll and Close of Non-Residential Role (6.00 pm) Nominations as a Candidate for the Election open
- 9 August 2017 - Close of Nominations (12.00 pm), Registration of Electoral Material (how-to-vote) commences
- 28 August 2017- Pre-poll voting opens
- 1 September 2017 - Registration of how-to-vote closes (5.00 pm)
- 4 September 2017 - Postal vote applications close (5.00 pm)
- 8 September 2017 - Pre-poll voting closes (6.00 pm)
- 9 September 2017 - ELECTION DAY
- 11 September 2017 - Return of postal votes closes (6.00 pm)
The Office of Local Government (www.olg.nsw.gov.au) has information for prospective candidates. Some of these links are identified below:
Becoming a Councillor
Being a Councillor can be rewarding because it provides an opportunity to make decisions that help people within the local community, influence the long-term, strategic direction of a local community, learn new skills such as public speaking and advocacy, and work with a diverse range of people on a wide range of issues. More information can be downloaded in the Becoming a Councillor document produced by the Office of Local Government and Local Government NSW. Stand for your community.
Election Information for Women
Harnessing the strength of women in Local Government. Women make up just over half of the population but only about a quarter of Councillors. Women can connect with many different groups in the community and bring diverse views to Council. Council encourages women to stand for election to have a direct say in council decisions which influence the lives of people, families and communities. The Australian Local Government Women's Association supports women in local government to achieve their full potential.
Election Information for Diverse Groups
Our local communities are diverse, however, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability and young people, are under-represented on local Councils. Successful Councils reflect their community's diversity.
Stand for your Community
Be a Councillor brochures in community languages.
Election Funding Authority
The Election Funding Authority of NSW was abolished on 1 December 2014. The NSW Electoral Commission now administers and regulates the funding and disclosure scheme in NSW.
An effect of this change was to remove the need for a separate web presence for the EFA. Accordingly, all content for the EFA has now been migrated to the NSWEC website and can be accessed via the link below.
Non-Residential Roll Application Forms
To apply for the non-residential roll please access this form from the link below.
Australian Local Government Women's Association
ALGWA measures its success by the number of women encouraged to join Local Government. For more information use the link above under Election Information for Women.
Electoral Commission of NSW
Under the Local Government Act 1993, Council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every 4 years. By-elections are conducted periodically when a Councillor vacancy occurs. These elections are conducted by the NSW Electorial Commission. NB: Bathurst Regional Council will be using the Electorial Commission of NSW to conduct its election on 9th September 2017.
Useful links from this site:
Local Government NSW
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) represent general purpose Councils as well as about 13 special purpose Councils. Local Government NSW represent the views of these Councils by presenting Councils' views to governments, promoting Local Government to the community and providing specialist advice and services.
Previous Local Government Election Results - Bathurst Regional Council
Information pertaining to the previous Local Government Election Results for Bathurst Regional Council are available on the Elections NSW website. Refer to the link below:-
Document available include:
Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate
First Preference by Polling Place
First Preference by Group Candidate by Vote Type