Council Election 2020

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Council Elections

Local Government elections are conducted every four years on the fourth Saturday in October. The next general election for Local Government will be held on 24 October 2020.

Important election period dates are as follows:

17 September, 2020

Nominations open

22 September, 2020

Nominations close

23 October, 2020

Close of postal voting

24 October, 2020

Election day

13 November, 2020

Results declared by this date

Electoral wards 

Central Goldfields Shire Council is comprised of seven Councillors elected to four wards:

  • Maryborough Ward (4 Councillors)
  • Flynn Ward (1 Councillor)
  • Tullaroop Ward (1 Councillor)
  • Paddys Ranges Ward (1 Councillor)

To view the electoral boundaries map for the Central Goldfields Shire Council click HERE.

The election will be conducted via a postal vote by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), the statutory provider of election services for all council elections in Victoria.

Am I enrolled to vote?

If you are an Australian citizen you can check your State enrolment details on the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website.

You are already enrolled to vote for the Council election if you meet the following three criteria:

  • you will be 18 years of age on election day
  • you live in the Central Goldfields Shire; and
  • you are on the state electoral roll for your current address.

How do I stand as a candidate?

Visit the becoming a council election candidate page on the VEC website for further details.

Candidate Information Sessions

 Victorian Local Governance Association Sessions 

The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) will host two candidate information session for community members interested in running for the 2020 Council elections.

The sessions will be held virtually at the following dates and times via Zoom:

  • Wednesday 12 August, 5.30 to 8.30pm
  • Saturday 15 August, 2 to 4.30pm

To find out more and to register visit https://www.vlga.org.au/events-training/2020-candidate-training-dates

Indigenous information for candidates

Indigenous and independent journalist and broadcaster Charles Pakana and the VLGA are collaborating with Aboriginal communities in the lead up to the 2020 elections.

Three online forums will be hosted throughout August and are open to Indigenous people to attend.

Wednesday 12 August

Charles Pakana will be joined by Shahni Wellington, Political Correspondent with NITV.

Shahni Wellington is a proud Jerrinja woman from the south coast of New South Wales. A multi-award nominated journalist specialising in politics, indigenous affairs and sport, she is currently NITV’s Political Correspondent working out of Parliament House, Canberra. She has also been published in Anita Heiss’ Growing up Aboriginal in Australia anthology.

Shahni will be presenting and answering questions on subjects relating to:

  • Pitching stories to media
  • Profile building using social media platforms
  • Social media as platforms to promote key issues

 You can register for this forum, here

Wednesday 19 August

Charles Pakana will be talking with Georgia Cromarty from the Victorian Electoral Commission

Key subject areas of the video will be: 

  1. Local Government Elections 2020: postal voting, what the elections mean, what is local council, etc.
  2. A brief overview of candidacy including eligibility to nominate etc.
  3. Importance of engaging your community
  4. Motivational & facilitative factors of Indigenous under-enrolment
  5. Electoral roll – public access to the role, different kinds of enrolment forms inc. Silent Elector and NO Fixed Address
  6. Information campaign with Reconciliation Victoria to be released soon

Georgia Cromarty is a Central and Eastern Arrernte woman from Central Australia. She has a Bachelors degree from the University of Melbourne where she majored in Politics and International Studies. She is now studying a Masters of Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne and working for the Victorian Electoral Commission as the Aboriginal Inclusion Officer. Georgia has worked in an advisory capacity for the ECANZ Indigenous Electoral Participation Working Group (IEPWG), the Australian Electoral Commission, and the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission, as well as having contributed to the UN-sponsored Electoral Knowledge Encyclopaedia. 

You can register for this forum here

Municipal Association of Victoria Stand for Council Session

The Stand for Council Community and Candidate Information session will provide prospective candidates with information about:

  • The role and purpose of local government  
  • The new Local Government Act 2020 
  • Introduction to your council and information on the municipal area
  • Roles, responsibilities and expectations of a councillor
  • The experience of being a councillor 
  • The electoral process and campaigning including key dates and information provided by the Victorian Electoral Commission. 

The sessions will be held virtually via Zoom at 6pm on Wednesday 26 August 2020. 

To find out more please visit https://www.viccouncils.asn.au/

To register please visit https://cvent.me/GVlyRQ

Mandatory Candidate Session

The mandatory candidate sessions will be held virtually and run by LGV. Session details will be published here when known.

Candidate Training Sessions

The VLGA and Central Goldfields Shire Council will conduct the newly legislated mandatory candidate training sessions. Each mandatory Candidate Training Session will be followed by an Election Candidate Information session.

Further information about the VLGA mandatory candidate training sessions and additional mandatory candidate training sessions will made available on this page once more information is available.

Safe Campaigning Guidelines 

Campaigning for council elections in October 2020 - Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) helps candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning.

This includes advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing.

The Guidelines are available at https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/resilience-and-emergency-management/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Election period

The election caretaker period begins on the last day that nominations can be received and ends at 6pm on election day. Our Election Period Policy ensures that Council business continues throughout this period in a responsible and transparent manner.

Want more information?

If you have any questions about council elections, contact the VEC on 131 832 or visit the VEC's website.