Gunnedah Shire Council has engaged the NSW Electoral Commission to conduct the 4 December 2021 election of nine councillors to represent the community of the Gunnedah Local Government Area. The successful candidates will vote to choose a Gunnedah Shire Mayor and Deputy Mayor when they meet for the first time in December.
Local government elections were not held in September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2021 a further delay of three months was announced and a new date set for December 4, 2021. Electoral rolls will now close on October 25, with candidate nominations closing on November 3.
For more information go to the NSW Electoral Commission website. The website has a range of resources for voters and anyone who is considering being a candidate in the elections.
It is compulsory to vote in the election if you are eligible to do so. Information about how to enrol can be found here.
If you own property in the Gunnedah Shire but do not live here or you are an occupier or rate-paying lessee you can have a say in who is elected to council be asking to be included on the Non-residential roll. More information about non-residential rolls can be found in this Fact Sheet. Gunnedah Shire Council is now updating its non-residential roll. To be included, please use the form for individuals or the form for joint, corporate or trustee owners.
If you're passionate about what happens in your local community, becoming a Councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents.
For more information on how to become a Councillor please see these links:
Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in September. Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people to have their say.
There are positions available during the election period and on election day itself. More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, can be found here.