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 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) has prepared the following document Make a Difference – Nominate for Council
The LGA and Council will run information seminars for candidates later in the year. Details will be available shortly.
2018 Council Election nominations and ballot draws have now been verified by the Electoral Commission of SA and publicly released. Candidates as per ballot paper order, standing for election in Yorke Peninsula Council are attached here.
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.
Candidate Briefing Session – Make a Difference – Nominate for Council
A candidate briefing session is being held on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Council Chambers, 57 Main Street Minlaton.
For anyone interested in nominating for Council the session will cover Yorke Peninsula Council roles and responsibilities for Elected Members and the CEO and other Council matters. Nomination kits will be available. If you are interested in attending please rsvp to Jackie Reddaway T: 8832 0000 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 or via webinar on 28 and 31 July. Regional sessions will be held in August.
For further information and to enrol in the training program please click here
If you’d like to know more about the 2018 Council Elections, KelledyJones Lawyers are holding a Breakfast Seminar on Friday, 3 August 2018 from 8.00am to 10.00am at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide.
The breakfast will give you valuable insight into the framework and parameters that apply to the 2018 elections process. Details and bookings
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 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