LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

How To Vote link Local Government Elections in New South Wales - NSW Electoral Commission

PRE POLLING

Glen Innes Town Hall

265 Grey Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

Features:
Fully wheelchair accessible

Opening Hours:
22 Nov 2021 - 03 Dec 2021
Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm

 

ELECTION DAY, 4 December 2021

**Deepwater School of Arts hall

72 Tenterfield Street, Deepwater NSW 2371

Features:
Assisted access, No designated accessible parking spot, Path of travel from car park may be difficult, Building has lips and/or steps, Access ramp does not meet standards

Opening Hours:
Saturday, 4 December 2021
8.00am - 6.00pm

**Emmaville Central School

20 - 28 Park Road, Emmaville NSW 2371

Features:
Assisted access, No designated accessible parking spot, No accessible toilet

Opening Hours:
Saturday, 4 December 2021
8.00am - 6.00pm

**Glencoe Community Hall

New England Highway, Glencoe NSW 2365

Features:
Assisted access, No designated accessible parking spot, Path of travel from car park may be difficult, No accessible toilet

Opening Hours:
Saturday, 4 December 2021
8.00am - 6.00pm

**Glen Innes Public School

Cameron Lane, Glen Innes NSW 2370

Features:
Fully wheelchair accessible

Opening Hours:
Saturday, 4 December 2021
8.00am - 6.00pm

**Cameron Memorial Hall

Macquarie Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370

Features:
Assisted access, No designated accessible parking spot, Path of travel from car park may be difficult, Access ramp does not meet standards, Building has lips and/or steps

Opening Hours:
Saturday, 4 December 2021
8.00am - 6.00pm

200 JOBS GOING!
The Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday 4 December, and there are jobs available on Election Day in various Polling Places in Uralla Shire, Armidale Regional and Glen Innes Severn Shire Council areas.
To apply to work with NSW Electoral Commission - please complete an expression of interest online. Familiarise yourself with positions available and the EOI process before applying:
Over 200 election days jobs are available. Please indicate your covid-19 vaccination status in your EOI, as you must be double vaccinated to work on Election Day and face masks must be worn by our election staff.
The Armidale Region Returning Office is open weekdays from 9.00am to 5.00pm: 1300 135 736.
 
WHO'S NEW IN THE ZOO?
We won't know who will be on the new Council until late December, but if you are busting to know who has put their hand up for the local government elections on Saturday, 4 December 2021, you can find the ballot paper at this link:

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.

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.

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.