The next NSW Local Government election that was to be held in the Weddin Shire in September 2020 has been postponed to 2021 due to the risks posed by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. The postponement of the next election will not change the future schedule of Council elections; the subsequent election will still proceed in September 2024.
It is compulsory to vote in an election if you are on the electoral roll.
Further information regarding upcoming elections is available on the NSW Electoral Commission website.
Local Government elections and by-elections are conducted in a legal environment in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.
The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) is responsible for the conduct of all Local Government elections to ensure that the elections are conducted independently and impartially.
An independent Returning Officer is appointed by the NSWEC to each Council area to conduct the election on behalf of and under the direction of the Electoral Commissioner.
The Electoral Commissioner appoints the polling places for Council elections and the Returning Officer appoints the election officials.
Each Council is required by law to meet the costs of the conduct of its election. The NSWEC works with each Council to establish agreed service levels.
Further information regarding the NSW Local Government election process is available on the NSWEC website.
All residents of Weddin Shire are entitled, and required to vote at the Local Government elections if they are registered on the electoral roll. Electors enrolled for Federal and State elections are automatically enrolled for their local Council area.
Non-Residential owners, occupiers or rate-paying lessees of Rateable land within the Weddin Shire are eligible to vote at the Local Government elections if they are registered on the Non-Residential roll prepared and certified by the WSC General Manager and confirmed by the NSWEC. The Local Government Act 1993 (Section 299) provides that the Non-Residential roll lapses after each election, including by-elections, and the roll is prepared specifically for each election. The roll is not maintained between elections.
All eligible voters are entitled to one vote only within the Weddin Shire. Those that are eligible may enrol in any number of local government areas in which they are entitled to vote once per area.
The NSW Office of Local Government (OLG) has prepared a range of resources that contain comprehensive information about becoming and being a Councillor, including eligibility and the nomination process. These resources, which are available on the OLG webite provide introductory details on the role of Councillors and the operation of Councils. They are a starting point to help possible candidates decide whether they would like to run in the next Council election. Possible candidates seeking further information about becoming a Councillor may wish to talk to a current Weddin Shire Councillor.