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Stand for the Mob

People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who are interested in Standing for the Mob at the local government elections are invited to come and yarn with Aboriginal Councillors from around NSW at 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at the Moree Plains Shire Council Chambers, Level 1, 30 Heber Street, Moree.

Director of Corporate Services Mitchell Johnson explained the Aboriginal Councillors have walked in two worlds – firstly, being part of the mob, and then having to adjust to political life as an elected member of the Council.

“The visiting Aboriginal Councillors are coming to Moree to yarn about the deadly vibe that’s impacted their life, their people and their country. They will talk about how they learnt to use their knowledge to develop policies and make decisions on what is the best way to strengthen communities,” said Mr Johnson.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s Director of Corporate Services Mitchell Johnson, Mayor Katrina Humphries and General Manager Lester Rodgers say diversity should be reflected in those elected to represent the interests of the community and encourage prospective candidates to come and ask questions about the roles and responsibilities of being a Councillor.Roles of a Councillor - Moree Plains Shire Council’s Director of Corporate Services Mitchell Johnson, Mayor Katrina Humphries and General Manager Lester Rodgers say diversity should be reflected in those elected to represent the interests of the community and encourage prospective candidates to come and ask questions about the roles and responsibilities of being a Councillor.Moree Plains Shire Council serves a very diverse community and this diversity should be reflected in those elected to represent the interests of the community which is why Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee has organised this pre-election information session to give prospective candidates of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent an insight into the roles and responsibilities of Councillors in their communities.

“We as Kamilaroi people have strong historical and cultural ties to our communities and the land and the best way to influence change for the future is to be involved in the decision-making process, so I want to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in Moree, Boggabilla, Toomelah, Mungindi, Pallamallawa and all the other towns to come and chat to the Councillors about how they found their voice and what impact Council life had on them,” he said.

Individuals who get elected at the local government elections will receive Council-based training and other support to help them understand and be successful in the role. Council will meet some expenses including training, conferences and travel, and provide tools such as telephones and office equipment to use for Council business.

Council provides support to help Councillors who have a disability or other special needs. To recognise what Councillors do for their community, individuals receive an annual fee, paid monthly, from Council.

Moree Plains Shire Council may consider running pre-election information sessions on ‘Becoming a Councillor’ with opportunities to discuss the roles and responsibilities of Councillors in their communities.

Photograph: Moree Plains Shire Council’s Director of Corporate Services Mitchell Johnson, Mayor Katrina Humphries and General Manager Lester Rodgers say diversity should be reflected in those elected to represent the interests of the community and encourage prospective candidates to come and ask questions about the roles and responsibilities of being a Councillor.

 

 

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