Local Government presents an exciting challenge for elected representatives to participate in the management of the level of government that affects local well-being and quality of life for citizens.
Being a Councillor in Local Government offers the opportunity to contribute to the development of the community by making strategic choices about balancing costs, benefits, efficiency, effectiveness, economic growth, quality of life and social justice.
In most instances people who want to become a Councillor will have to win their position in an election. The decision to become a candidate is a big step and it is advisable to prepare yourself well. Information is available from a number of sources including:
Victorian Electoral Commission - information sessions
Victorian Electoral Commission -Elections 2020
Local Government Victoria
Municipal Association of Victoria
Victorian Local Governance Association - campaign toolkit
Victorian Local Governance Association - online workshops for women candidates
Local democracy presents a challenge and an opportunity for communities and individual citizens. Who is chosen by their fellow citizens to take up the challenge will depend on many things including the kind of local economy, environment and the range and quality of services they want. There is no doubt that communities want their Council to be made up of people with commitment, integrity and the capacity to lead.
Are you ready to take up the challenge?
Candidate information session video now avaiable
Please find below the link to the Candidate Information video presentation now available on the VEC website.
The presentation provides comprehensive information for prospective candidates to find out more about the nomination process for the 2020 local council elections.
The recorded version will be complemented by three state-wide interactive candidate seminars which compliment the information session video. The seminars will provide prospective candidates the opportunity to ask questions about the nomination process and the election.
The seminars will be held on the following days:
- Wednesday 9 September 2020 at 7 pm
- Sunday 13 September 2020 at 1 pm
- Tuesday 15 September 2020 at 5 pm
For the 2016 Loddon Shire Council election results, please go to the Victorian Electoral Commission website.
Community candidate information
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.
Agenda for the training sessions
Candidate training session agenda follow this to access a copy of the agenda outlining the various sections, speakers and timing of the session.