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.