Elections are just around the corner in Moorabool Shire and Chief Executive Officer Rob Croxford is encouraging community-minded citizens to consider standing for council.
Mr Croxford said now was the time for potential candidates to learn more about what’s involved in standing for council and planning an election campaign.
“Becoming a councillor is a great opportunity to influence the future direction of the local community.
“If you are over 18 and on the electoral roll for the council area, the chances are you are eligible to stand for council.
“Communities are made up of a diverse mix of people, therefore we encourage people from all walks of life to nominate as a candidate; no matter your occupation, cultural background, gender, or whether you are retired, a stay-at-home parent or a university student, all are welcome to join the election race.”
Mr. Croxford said Moorabool Shire Council delivers more than 100 community services and is responsible for $468M worth of infrastructure and assets, therefore potential candidates need to understand the breadth of their responsibilities and decision-making.
Council has joined a statewide Stand for Council campaign to encourage citizens to consider standing for council and to help candidates understand what is involved in becoming a councillor.
“Deciding to stand for council is a big decision. A councillor’s role is exciting but also demanding, and prospective candidates should find out what’s involved before nominating for election,” said Mr. Croxford
“A dedicated website has been launched where candidates can check their eligibility to stand for Council and find about more about the day-to-day activities of a councillor. There is a link to the website on Council’s website or you can visit it direct by going to www.standforcouncil.com.au.
“If you know someone who would be a good local representative, pick up a postcard from any one of Council’s offices in Ballan, Darley or Bacchus Marsh to let them know you think they have what it takes and encourage them to consider standing.
“Council will also host a public information session on Tuesday 12 July at the Council’s Chamber, 15 Stead Street, Ballan where prospective candidates can hear first-hand from experienced councillors from a variety of councils about what the role entails,” said Mr. Croxford.
Elections for Moorabool Shire Council will be conducted by postal voting. You can expect your Ballot Pack to arrive via post between October 4 and October 6, 2016. Your postal vote should be posted by 6pm on Friday 21 October 2016.
To find out more about the election process, visit the VEC website: www.vec.vic.gov.au.