Put your hand up! To nominate as a future leader in our community…

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Have you considered becoming a Councillor for the new Armidale Regional Council? If you have, you may find our conversation with council interesting. You will find useful links and information you need to know before you consider “putting your hand up” to nominate as a future leader in our community.

On appointment of the new council, how many new councillors will be announced and under what roles?

The Council is made up of eleven (11) Councillors, including the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, who are elected to the positions by the Council. The Mayor holds office for two years, and the Deputy Mayor is elected for two years or annually.

The Local Government Area is undivided, and therefore has no wards.

Local Government Elections are held every four (4) years. However, the new Council term will be for three years, with the next elections to be held in September 2020.

What does it take to be a “nominee”? What are some of the key criteria areas?

Before deciding whether to nominate, make sure you are on the electoral roll for the Armidale Regional Council area and are eligible to stand for office.

For more information about the local council election, nomination and registration details, voting and key dates, visit the NSW Electoral Commission’s website at             www.votensw.info

Being ethical, open and honest are key characteristics of successful councillors. In addition, you’ll need:

  • to be keen to learn;
  • communication skills to talk to people in your community and consider different views;
  • time management and organisational skills;
  • problem solving skills; and
  • teamwork skills.

It’s important to talk to your family and friends about whether you can realistically fit being a councillor into your life, along with any other work and personal priorities.

You’ll need the time to read council business papers, attend meetings and represent the council at some events.

If you’re elected, you’ll receive support to understand your role and be successful. Both council and the NSW Government will provide an annual training and development program for you. Council will also provide an initial induction program.

Council will meet some expenses and provide other tools to help you carry out your role. Expenses can include training, conferences, travel, telephone and care for dependants such as children. Other tools will include an iPad to use on council business. Councils can also provide support to help councillors who have a disability or other special needs.

Councillors also receive an annual fee from the council based on a fee range set each year by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal.

Council also has information on its website at www.armidaleregional.nsw.gov.au Search for “Become a Councillor”.

Are both old and new candidates welcome to enter?

New and experienced candidates are being encouraged to consider putting their hand up to nominate to be a councillor. Our community needs capable people with passion and commitment to nominate as candidates in these upcoming local council elections and to provide civic leadership for the next three years.

Energy and a “can do” desire to get things done and make a difference will be important qualities for councillors, who need to be inclusive, approachable and willing to work across communities to create a prosperous future for the Armidale Regional Council area.

When will the election be held, when does voting open, and where can we vote?

Armidale Regional Council will be holding its first election on Saturday 9 September 2017. The NSW Electoral Commission’s website www.votensw.info has all the information the community requires about the election process. The first step is to ensure that you are enrolled to vote.

Under the NSW Local Government Act 1993, a person entitled to vote includes:

  • a resident of the council/ward (residential roll)
  • an owner of rateable land in the council/ward (non-residential roll)
  • an occupier or rate paying lessee of rateable land in the council/ward (non-residential roll)

A corporation is entitled to nominate a person to appear on the roll on behalf of the corporation.

If a person is on the residential roll in a council/ward, they cannot be on the non-residential roll for that area. A person/corporation is not entitled to more than one vote in any council area, even if the person/corporation is a multiple owner, occupier or lessee. It is not compulsory to vote for those enrolled on the non-residential roll (except in the Council of the City of Sydney).

Are you looking for locals to assist at the voting locations?

If a community member would like to work at the Local Government Elections 2017 to be held on 9 September 2017, you must register your interest on the NSW Electoral Commissions website at www.votensw.info

And lastly, where can our readers go for more information?

Nominations for councillors close at noon on 9 August 2017. For information regarding the nomination process to be a councillor, go to www.votensw.info

Council also has information on its website at www.armidaleregional.nsw.gov.au Search for “Become a Councillor”.

Elections for Armidale Regional Council are on September 9, 2017. Voting is compulsory.

For information, visit: www.votensw.info

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