Becoming a Weddin Shire Councillor

Becoming a Councillor in local government is a rewarding way to serve the Weddin Shire community and make a meaningful impact on the lives of your fellow residents. Before running for a position as a Councillor in local government, potential candidates should understand the responsibilities and commitments involved. Being a Councillor requires a significant investment of time and effort, including attending council meetings, engaging with the community, and staying informed about local issues. Candidates should have a genuine passion for public service and a desire to make a positive impact to our Weddin Shire community.

It’s essential to have good communication and interpersonal skills, as Councillors often need to collaborate with other members, staff, and constituents. Additionally, understanding the local government structure, key issues facing the community, and the legislative framework is crucial. Familiarity with budgeting and financial management can also be beneficial. Finally, candidates should be prepared for the campaigning process, which includes engaging with voters, presenting their vision, and demonstrating their commitment to addressing community needs.

To give yourself the best possible start, it’s crucial to research and fully understand the role of a Councillor. The Office of Local Government NSW (OLG) offers comprehensive information on the duties and responsibilities of a Councillor, helping you gain the necessary insights. You can download a copy of the Councillor’s handbook from the OLG website, which provides detailed guidance on what you need to know about serving in this important position. Additionally, the NSW Electoral Commission has created a series of webinars covering the essentials on legal obligations, the registration process, managing campaign finances, the nominations process, and creating electoral material. Informing yourself about these key subjects ensures compliance with disclosures and electoral expenditure requirements. There are also various not-for-profit organisations offering a range of webinars to support you on your journey into local government.

To be an effective Councillor, it is important to have knowledge of The Local Government Act 1993, as it provides essential principles guiding council operations and decision-making. This knowledge ensures effective representation, leadership, and community engagement. The Act emphasises strategic planning, cooperation with other councils and the State Government, ethical conduct, and responsible asset management. It also mandates consideration of social justice, ecological sustainability, transparency, and accountability. By following these principles, Councillors can help build strong, healthy, and prosperous communities, benefiting both current and future generations.

Becoming a Councillor in local government is a significant and fulfilling way to contribute to your community. It demands dedication, a deep understanding of local issues, and a commitment to public service. By equipping yourself with knowledge you can ensure that you are well-prepared for the responsibilities ahead. Embracing the principles of effective representation, ethical conduct, and strategic planning will enable you to make a lasting, positive impact on your community. With the right preparation and passion, you can play a pivotal role in fostering a vibrant and prosperous future for your local area.

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Tools and Resources

Snapshot to First Six Weeks Post Election  (PDF, 1MB)

Councillor Capability Plan 2024-2028(PDF, 6MB)

Code of Conduct Policy and Procedure

Code of Meeting Practice

Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy

Social Media Policy for Councillors

Councillor and Staff Interaction Policy