Information sessions to assist prospective candidates ahead of local government election

17/06/2021

Prospective candidates in the Singleton local government election in September are being invited to attend one of two Candidate Information Sessions to learn more about the responsibilities of local office. 

Facilitated by Local Government NSW, the workshops are designed to provide people with the information they need to make an informed decision prior to nominating, including the key requirements of becoming a councillor; rules and processes for registering as a candidate; the role of the elected Council; and key elements of council meetings.

To make the experience as authentic as possible, the sessions will be held in the Singleton Council Chambers on Thursday 1 July 2021 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm, and Friday 2 July 2021 from 9am to 12pm.

The Candidate Information Sessions will be run by a facilitator who has been both a Mayor and a Councillor and will cover:

  • the benefits and importance of local government 
  • understanding the role of Council and the role of a councillor
  • a typical Council structure
  • challenges of the role and how to meet them
  • the importance of diverse representation on Council
  • the importance of speaking out on key issues
  • an introduction to meeting procedures and rules of debate
  • support available including information and networks
  • an introduction to local government jargon and what it means

Singleton Council General Manager Jason Linnane said councillors had an extremely important role to play in making decisions now and for the future of the local government area, and the Candidate Information Sessions would be extremely helpful for prospective councillors to find out what will be expected of them.

“The local government election is fast approaching and if you're passionate about what happens in our community, becoming a Councillor is a great opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of our residents,” he said. 

“The role of a councillor is rewarding and challenging and these sessions are designed so that you are fully briefed on the expectations placed on our Councillors should you be elected, so that you’re able to make an informed decision before putting yourself forward as a candidate.

“The next term of Council is for three years, and it’s a commitment that requires an unquantifiable number of hours over that term attending meetings and briefing sessions, as well as reading and understanding agenda documents.

“I encourage anyone who has the drive to make a difference in our community to attend one of these sessions prior to nominating.”

Numbers for each of the sessions is strictly limited. To secure your place, please register your attendance by contacting Council on 02 6578 7290 or email council@singleton.nsw.gov.au

The next Local Government Election will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021. For more information, including key dates and the information pack for candidates, visit https://www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/369/Elections