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September Local Government Elections postponed

26/03/2020

The Government yesterday announced the decision to postpone the September 2020 Local Government Elections due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Local government elections are now set to be held in September 2021, however, there is a possibility that a further extension to 31 December 2021 may be enacted, should the need arise.

As a result, current councillors, popularly elected mayors and mayors elected by councillors in September 2019 will continue to hold office until September 2021 once the new election date is gazetted. Meanwhile, mayoral elections will need to be held for those mayors elected by councillors in September 2018, when their two-year terms expire.

This decision provides greater certainty to current councillors and popularly elected mayors as well as prospective candidates following the amendments made to the Local Government Act, which were passed by Parliament yesterday.

In a pandemic, stability and governance by elected local government representatives is an essential service.

Council will continue to work to protect local democracy and uphold transparency and accountability standards during this difficult time.

It is in the best interests of our communities, ensuring the health and safety of voters, Council staff, NSW Electoral Commission staff, and election candidates are protected, and current councillors and mayors can continue to focus on combatting the spread of the virus and guide our communities to recovery.

Further information and questions regarding the Minister’s decision should be directed to the Office of Local Government (OLG). 
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