LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

DATE CHANGE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

The NSW Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Shelley Hancock MP has announced that the Local Government Elections have been postponed until Saturday, 4 December 2021. The signed order under Section 318C of the Local Government Act 1993 was published in the Government Gazette on Saturday, 24 July 2021.

This means that all current Councillors will continue in their positions for a further three months and will now become vacant as of Saturday, 4 December 2021. As the position of Deputy Mayor was set by Council resolution for a period from Thursday, 24 September 2020 until Saturday, 4 September 2021, the position of Deputy Mayor will become vacant as of Saturday, 4 September 2021. Council will determine whether it wishes to elect a Deputy Mayor from Saturday, 4 September 2021 until Saturday, 4 December 2021 (a term of 3 months) at the Extraordinary Council Meeting to be held on Thursday, 26 August 2021 (prior to the Ordinary Council Meeting).

In accordance with the Office of Local Government circular dated Sunday, 25 July 2021, Mayors elected in September 2020 will continue to hold office until the Council elections are held on Saturday, 4 December 2021. The reason for this is that Section 230 of the Local Government Act 1993 allows for Council elected Mayors to be elected for a period of two (2) years. This two-year period does not run out until September 2022. Councillor Sparks will therefore continue in the role of Mayor of Glen Innes Severn Council until Saturday 4 December 2021.

At this stage there will not be an Ordinary Council Meeting in December 2021. This is due to the fact that the results of the Council Elections may not be declared until 6.00 pm on Thursday, 23 December 2021. The December 2021 Ordinary Council Meeting will be replaced by an Ordinary Council Meeting in January 2022.

The Extraordinary Council Meeting to elect the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor is therefore likely to be held in January 2022. Council will notify residents of the meeting date through Council’s usual communication and media channels. The January Ordinary Council Meeting will follow the Extraordinary Council Meeting either on the same date or a subsequent date. All Councillors will need to take their oath of office or make an affirmation of office at this first Ordinary Council Meeting.

ENROL TO VOTE

2021 NSW LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS will be held in the Glen Innes Severn Local Government Area (LGA) on Saturday, 4 December 2021.

Non-residential Rolls

If you are an owner, rate-paying lessee or occupier of rateable land which is not your primary residence, you or a nominee may be entitled to be enrolled on the Roll of non-residential owners of rateable land or the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees for this election.

Details of the eligibility criteria and enrolment claim forms may be obtained from the following: https://www.gisc.nsw.gov.au/local-government-elections. The claim must be completed and lodged with the General Manager of Glen Innes Severn Council by 6pm on Monday, 25 October 2021.

If a claim for non-residential enrolment was made for a previous election, contact the council to check your claim is still current. If you need to update your details, please contact Council at council@gisc.nsw.gov.au(link sends e-mail), or phone 02 6730 2300.

Residential Roll

All electors enrolled on the NSW State electoral roll as at 6pm Monday, 25 October 2021 residing in the Glen Innes Severn Council local government area will be included on the residential roll for the election. To update your enrolment details online or to obtain a residential enrolment form visit aec.gov.au or call 13 23 26. Enrolment forms must be received by 6pm on Monday, 25, October 2021.

Compulsory Voting

Voting in Local Government elections is compulsory for all voters included on the residential roll. Voting is also compulsory for all voters included on the City of Sydney non-residential roll. Voting is not compulsory for voters included on the non-residential roll for other councils.

NON RESIDENTIAL ROLL INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION

NON RESIDENTIAL ROLL NOMINEE APPLICATION

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in September. Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people to have their say. There are positions available during the election period and on election day itself. More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, can be found at:

https://eoi.elections.nsw.gov.au/EOI/

Key information for persons considering candidature is available at this link to the Office of Local Government: 

https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/public/about-councils/become-a-councillor/information-for-candidates/

Information is also available from the NSWEC at this link:

https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/Political-participants/Candidates-and-groups/Candidate-nominations-for-local-elections/Six-steps-to-being-a-candidate

Please direct your enquiries to the contact points (email and telephone) as are provided in these links.