Local Government Elections 2021 - POSTPONED until 4 December 2021
Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021
The NSW Government announced a new date for the local government elections has been set for Saturday 4 December 2021.
The decision has been made after extensive consultation with and on advice from the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health to the COVID-19 situation.
The Local Government Election 2021 website is now live and provides a range of information on the upcoming election.
Under the Local Government Act 1993, Council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every 4 years. By-elections are conducted periodically when a Councillor vacancy occurs.
Moree Plains Shire Council will be using the NSW Electoral Commission to conduct its election on 4 December 2021.
To enrol to vote or update your enrolment details
ARE YOU THINKING OF BECOMING A COUNCILLOR AND NOMINATING IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION ON 4 DECEMBER 2021?
Councillors are elected by their local community to represent community views on Council, provide leadership and make sure local needs are met.
To assist Councillors in their role Moree Plains Shire Council has in place a Community Strategic Plan which outlines what we want and needs as a community now and as the Shire grows. It is the highest level forward planning document of Council. Council’s Community Strategic Plan, identifies the community’s priorities and guides the direction of the Moree Plains Shire into the future.
A Councillor’s role is important. The decisions a councillor makes and the services provided by Councils can impact our lives, our local community and our local environment.
The election for Moree Plains Shire Council is being held on 4 September 2021. In the lead up to the election, there are some timelines that must be met if you are planning on nominating for election to Council. Some key election dates and information for prospective candidates are provided below:
KEY ELECTION DATES
25 Oct 2021 Close of electoral rolls (6pm) Candidate nominations open
03 Nov 2021 Close of candidate nominations (12pm) Registration of electoral materials commences
05 Nov 2021 Caretaker period commences
22 Nov 2021 Pre-poll voting opens
26 Nov 2021 Registration of electoral material closes (5pm)
27 Nov 2021 Declared institution voting commences
29 Nov 2021 Postal vote applications close (5pm)
03 Dec 2021 Declared institution voting closes (6pm) - Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
04 Dec 2021 Election day (8am-6pm)
17 Dec 2021 Return of postal votes closes (6pm)
21 – 23 Dec 2021 Results are declared progressively as counts are finalised by-election manager
The Candidate Handbook, located under 'Step1'.
PLACEMENT OF ELECTION SIGNAGE
The placement of signs associated with elections is regulated under the Election Act 2017 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.
For details on where election signage can and cannot be erected see below for detailed information re the placement of election signs.
BECOMING A COUNCILLOR
Being a Councillor can be rewarding because it provides an opportunity to make decisions that help people within the local community, influence the long-term, strategic direction of a local community, learn new skills such as public speaking and advocacy, and work with a diverse range of people on a wide range of issues. More information can be found on the Office of Local Government website
ELECTION OF WOMEN TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Women make up just over half of the population but only about a third of Councillors in local government in NSW. Women can connect with many different groups in the community and bring diverse views to Council. Council encourages women to stand for election to have a direct say in council decisions that influence the lives of people, families and communities.
The Office of Local Government has produced information regarding the election of women to local government
ELECTION INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
Our local communities are diverse, however, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability and young people, are under-represented on local Councils. The Office of Local Government has developed a range of resources aimed at increasing the representation of our diverse communities on local councils.
The Stand for your Community Candidate Guide contains a range of information on becoming and being a councillor and can be accessed from the Office of Local Government website.
NSW ELECTORAL COMMISSION WORKSHOPS FOR POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
In the lead up to the 2021 Local Government Elections, a series of candidate information sessions, via webinar, are being hosted by the NSW Electoral Commission for those people interested in standing for election
The webinars are being held from April to August 2021 and cover the following topics:
Election funding and disclosure
Registration of candidates, groups, and third-party campaigners
Electoral material (also known as how-to-vote material)
Early voting and election day voting
Candidate workers and scrutineers
Counting and results
Access to the webinars
PRE-ELECTION CANDIDATE BRIEFING WORKSHOPS
ELECTION FUNDING & DISCLOSURES
The NSW Electoral Commission oversees election funding and disclosure requirements.
A range of information and fact sheets are available on the website for candidates and groups at the 2021 NSW Local Government elections covering the provisions of the Electoral Funding Act 2018.
See above link.
NON-RESIDENTIAL ROLL APPLICATION FORMS
Non residential rolls - Information for Councils
Nomination of an elector by joint or several corporate or trustee owners occupiers or ratepaying lessees
Individual owners occupiers and ratepaying lessees
AUSTRALIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
ALGWA measures its success by the number of women encouraged to join Local Government.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT NSW
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) is an independent organisation that exists to serve the interests of New South Wales general and special purpose councils. LGNSW advocates on behalf of member councils to help strengthen and protect an effective, democratic system of local government across NSW.
PLACEMENT OF ELECTION SIGNS
The placement of signs associated with elections can cause concern for the community. Council regulates the placement of advertising signs for private businesses, requiring them only to be located on land where the business is operating, or where the product is sold and restricts their size.
Election signs are not subject to the same scrutiny and are regulated under the Election Act 2017 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.
The Election Act (section 184) requires that advertising material, including signs and posters, cannot be displayed on or within land or buildings occupied, used by, or under the control or management of the Crown, NSW Government agencies, or a Council. Additionally, advertising on private land or buildings can only be undertaken with the written consent of the owner, or the property is owned or jointly owned by the candidate.
The Act also allows for posters to be displayed:
a) on the outer wall, fence or another boundary of the grounds of an enclosure in which a building used for voting is situated, or
b) within the grounds of an enclosure in which a building used for voting is situated, or
c) on a vehicle on a road or road-related area (within the meaning of section 4 (1) of the Road Transport Act 2013), or
d) fixed or attached to a table or stall on a footpath or other public place at any time on the day of voting for an election
The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Subdivision 13 (Election signs) of Division 2 of Part 2) establishes standards relating to the sign’s location and display period.
It is Council’s interpretation that election posters cannot, therefore, be erected/placed:
on footpath areas; or
on any structure within a road reserve.
The relevant sections of legislation can be downloaded below:
Election Act 2017
State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008
LOCAL ELECTION WORK OPPORTUNITIES
Expressions of interest are now open to working 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 on the NSW Electoral Commission website.