Council elections

Council elections are held on the fourth Saturday of October every four years. The last Council election was held in October 2016. The next round of council elections will be held 2020. 

The Victorian Electoral Commission is responsible for conducting Council elections in Victoria.  Please go to the VEC website for more information about nominating.

Thinking of becoming a Councillor?

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, one of which is Council.

Local democracy presents a challenge and an opportunity for communities and individual citizens. Who will be 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?

For the 2016 Loddon Shire Council election results, please go to the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

Election campaign donation return

Local Government Act 1989, Section 62 Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2005, Regulation 115

What is an election campaign donation return?

An election campaign donation return is a record of significant gifts received by election candidates for use in their election campaigns. These returns ensure public transparency about the level of financial and in-kind support given to candidates by individuals and organisations during elections.

Who needs to lodge a return?

Every person who is a candidate in a council election for a Victorian local government must lodge an election campaign donation return.  A return must be lodged by a candidate even if he or she has not received any campaign donations.
When and where must a return be lodged?
Campaign donation returns must be given to the Chief Executive Officer of the Council for which the person was a candidate within 40 days after the election day.

Within 14 days after that date, the Chief Executive Officer will:
• notify the Minister for Local Government of the names of candidates who have lodged campaign donation returns; and
• cause a summary of each campaign donation return received to be made available on the Council’s website until the entitlement date of the next general election.  The summary will contain the name of each candidate, the name of each person if any, who made a gift to the candidate disclosed in the return and the total value of the gift received from that person.

Copies of the completed returns will also be available for inspection at the Council office for 4 years.

Below is a summary of campaign donation returns received:

Name of candidate who has lodged a Campaign Donation Return Gift received Name of person who made a gift Total value of the gift received
Cheryl McKinnon     No disclosable gift    
Colleen Condliffe No disclosable gift  
Gavan Holt     No disclosable gift    
Geoffrey Curnow No disclosable gift  
Neil Beattie No disclosable gift    
Richard Raftis     Yes     Ray Pratt     $100
Shane O'Loughlin      No disclosable gift    

Copies of completed returns are available for inspection at the Loddon Shire Council Office, 41 High Street, Wedderburn, 3518.

More information

The following websites have valuable information about Council elections: