Candidate Information

Local government Councillors are elected to represent the community.

As a candidate standing for election, there will be obligations and responsibilities under law you should be aware of before nominating. Nominations open on Monday 31 July 2017 and close on Wednesday 09 August 2017.  Once nominations have been processed, a list of candidates will be available on the Vote NSW website at Information for Candidates and Groups.

People can run for the Local Government Election if they are entitled to be enrolled as an elector. However, people are not permitted to hold office if they have been disqualified from holding civic office for any of the reasons set out in section 275 and 276 of the Local Government Act 1993.

Should members of the Georges River area want to run for the upcoming local election, you must disclose whether or not you are:

  • property developers, or
  • close associates of a corporation that is a property developer.

This information must be disclosed within the Candidate Information Sheet that must be submitted within your Candidate Nomination Form. The requirements for Candidate Information Sheets are set out in clause 290 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (the Regulation). The information in the Candidate Information Sheet will be published via Council’s website.

Candidates wishing to stand for Council should visit the Vote NSW for application forms, advice and further information on the roles and responsibilities of being a local Councillor.

If you are planning to be a candidate, you will find detailed information, which includes:

  • Election Calendar – key dates.
  • Handbook for Parties, Groups, Candidates and Scrutineers – includes information on eligibility requirements for Candidates; registration and nomination process; election advertising; campaign finances; voting options and procedure and ballot counting.
  • Candidate helpdesk number: 1300 088 942.

It also outlines the 6 steps to being a candidate at Local Council elections.

  1. Familiarise yourself with the election processes and your legal obligations.
  2. Register as a candidate or group and appoint an official agent.
  3. Manage your campaign finances throughout the entire election period.
  4. Nominate as a candidate.
  5. Register electoral material (how to vote) for distribution on Election Day.
  6. Disclose political donations and electoral expenditure to NSWEC.

Prospective candidates should note that all Candidate Information Sheets will be made available for public inspection during Council office hours (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday) and will be displayed at the place of voting for inspection by members of the public.

It is an offence under the Regulation to publish or distribute electoral material that contains untrue or incorrect information, which can mislead or improperly interfere with someone casting their vote.

Elected Councillors need to have a long-term vision for Council to achieve the best possible outcomes for the community. Elected Councillors will be required to attend Council Meetings each month. Currently Council Meetings occur on a Monday evening at 6.00pm. Councillors will also be required to attend standing committees, strategic workshops and major project tours, which will be held on weeknight evenings and occasional weekends. Notice will be provided for such meetings.

A Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy was adopted for exhibition at the Council Meeting on 5 June 2017 and the draft policy is now on public exhibition until close of business on Friday 21 July 2017.

This Policy establishes the reasonable and appropriate reimbursement of expenses and provision of facilities to help Councillors undertake their civic duties.

Councillors of Georges River Council can earn between $13,150 and $24,550 per annum and a Mayor between $27,940 and $65,230 per annum (Source: Local Government Remuneration Tribunal - Annual Report and Determination, 2017)

The Office of Local Government also provides comprehensive information for anyone interested in representing their community. 

Population Statistics of Electors (Based on NSW Electoral Commission Statistics dated December 2016)

Peakhurst Ward - 18,842
Mortdale Ward - 17,765
Hurstville Ward - 18,655
Blakehurst Ward - 19,490
Kogarah Bay Ward - 19,702


Number of Households per Ward*

Peakhurst Ward - 9,268
Mortdale Ward - 10,924
Hurstville Ward - 12,096
Blakehurst Ward - 9,444
Kogarah Bay Ward - 12,237

* Disclaimer. These figures are an estimate based on Council's residential rating database in lieu of the release of current census data.


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