Being a Council Member is a privileged position and one of the most direct ways that you can influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area. Council Members have a wide range of responsibilities including representing the interests of electors, making decisions about community assets such as playgrounds, parks, roads or large infrastructure and making judgements about competing priorities of the Council.
Nominating to become a member of Council is an important decision. Performing in this role will most likely involve working long hours and on occasions, being required to deal with pressures generated by the community in regard to issues of concern. Being a Council Member can be demanding and requires dealing with complicated matters.
However, there is the personal satisfaction that you will gain from playing an important part in developing a better community for the future. As a Council Member you will be part of a team that has the opportunity to shape the strategic directions and policies for the future.
To assist prospective candidates to consider what is needed to prepare for becoming a Council member the Local Government Association (LGA) prepared the following document for the 2014 Council elections (to be updated – read for background information only).
The LGA and Council will run information seminars for candidates later in the year. Details will be available shortly.
Who can nominate
Most people who are on the Council voters roll can stand for election.
With very few exceptions (such as being an undischarged bankrupt, or being disqualified from holding office by a court order, non-Australian Citizen), you can nominate for a position on Council regardless of qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession.
Refer to the Electoral Commission SA website here for eligibility criteria.
Information Sessions – Make a Difference – Nominate for Council
These sessions will overview what it means to be a Council Member. Topics will include:
- The role and functions of a council and council members
- The relationship between councils and other spheres of government
- A council member’s legal responsibilities, allowances and expenses
- How elections are conducted
- Eligibility and the process of nomination
The sessions will be held in Adelaide on 28 and 31 July.
For further information and to enrol in the training program please click here
Election Posters and Signs
All candidates must refer to and comply with Council By-Laws and Policies if election signs are going to be displayed due during the Local Government Elections. Links to the relevant documents are listed below for your information.
For further information please contact one of our Electoral Officers on 8832 0000.
Authorised by Andrew Cameron, CEO, Yorke Peninsula Council, Elizabeth Street Maitland SA