Candidate Information

Local government Councillors are elected to represent the community.

Any candidate standing for election should be aware of the obligations and responsibilities under law before nominating. 

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. 

Members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community can also access additional information about running for Council from Collaborate NSW. The candidate support section of Collaborate NSW includes information for potential candidates to consider in order to make an informed decision about standing for election.

All candidates running for Council are required to disclose whether or not they are:

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

This information must be disclosed within the Candidate Information Sheet as outlined in clause 290 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (the Regulation).


Further information on the roles and responsibilities of being a local Councillor.

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.

The Office of Local Government also provides comprehensive information for anyone interested in representing their community. Importantly, this information includes the recently updated Stand for your community guide for candidates.  This document will assist prospective candidates in making informed decisions about standing for election to local government in 2017. 

A Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy was adopted for exhibition at the Council Meeting on 7 August. This Policy establishes the reasonable and appropriate reimbursement of expenses and provision of facilities to help Councillors undertake their civic duties.

At the Council meeting held on 3 July 2017 it was resolved that, effective 1 July 2017, Councillors of Georges River Council will receive a fee of $24,550 per annum, and the Mayor will receive $65,230 per annum in addition to Councillor fee.
(Local Government Remuneration Tribunal - Annual Report and Determination, 2017)

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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