The power to change their local community will be in the hands of the state’s voters when they head to the polls to vote for their council representatives in the NSW Local Government Elections.
Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the council elections, held on Saturday 4 September, give both residents and candidates an opportunity to shape their local community for the next three years. “I am encouraging candidates from all walks of life to put their hand up and stand for their local community by running for election in September.
“If you have a strong sense of community and are keen to make a difference in your local neighbourhood, then you should consider being a councillor and nominating for the September 4 Local Government Elections.
“There is nothing more rewarding than serving in the level of government closest to the community.”
Mrs Hancock said voters should ensure they familiarise themselves with candidates as they prepare to make the important decision of choosing their local leaders. “Councillors represent their local community’s needs, wants and aspirations, and make important decisions on behalf of their residents and businesses.
“Get to know who your candidates are, what they stand for, and how they intend to shape where you live, work and play.”
The Office of Local Government (OLG) has released an updated guide for election candidates to provide them with comprehensive information about running for election and the role and responsibilities of a councillor, with further resources available shortly.