Wednesday, April 24, 2024

LG expert to speak at Wyong councillor information event

The second information session for community members interested in nominating as candidates for the upcoming Central Coast Council election, will be held on Tuesday 9 April at Council’s Wyong Administration Building.

With the 2024 Local Government elections to be held on 14 September, Central Coast Council is urging interested community members to take the opportunity to attend this information session, to get an insight into what is required to be a councillor and the role of a governing body.

The first information session was held in October 2023 and attracted approximately 70 attendees.

Council’s Director of Corporate Services, Marissa Racomelara said it was important that people from all stages and walks of life consider running for election.

“This second information session will take a more in-depth look at what it means to be an elected councillor. Speakers including local government experts and former councillors will provide detailed information about the mechanics of how a council runs, the responsibilities of a councillor, how a councillor interacts with staff, and their role in the public domain when representing Council,” she said.

“If you have a strong sense of community and are keen to make a difference, you should consider becoming a councillor. Local councils are the level of government closest to the community and provide key infrastructure, facilities and services to local residents – they are integral to building strong, resilient and connected communities.”

Guest speakers at the 9 April information night include former Mayor and Councillor (now Independent State MP) Michael Regan and local government expert, Kath Roach.

Council Administrator, Rik Hart said the second session was about getting into the finer details of what is involved when you step up to be a councillor, and how to appropriately prepare yourself to run for election.

“The first session was an information night, with no real expectations for people to commit themselves to running for election. However, I think we will see people who are genuinely interested in running as candidates at this next session.”

“Like councils across the state, we are keen to improve diversity within our governing body to accurately represent and govern for a diverse and growing community. We encourage everyone in our communities, including women, younger people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, members of multicultural communities and members of LGBTQIA+ communities who have been traditionally underrepresented as elected representatives to consider becoming a candidate.

“To boost diversity and increase representation of women on Council, we are engaging the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) to run their widely successful ‘Getting Women Elected’ forum for female candidates across the Central Coast. More details about this forum and upcoming candidate information sessions will be announced in due course,” Mr Hart said.

“There will also be an open Q&A session at the 9 April event, for any questions to be asked of the expert panel, and of course Council’s governance team is always available post the meeting if you have any other questions or would like any further information,” he said.

When: Tuesday 9 April 2024

Time:   5.30pm – refreshments served

            6.00pm – session commences

            8.30pm – close of session

For more information and to register to attend please visit:  https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/about-council/council/election-and-referendum.

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