Information for Prospective Councillors
Councillors hold an important role in representing the collective interests of the local community. Collectively, by directing the Council, councillors make important decisions about Council services and strategies, which directly impact the community and the local environment.
Being a councillor can be a rewarding opportunity to make decisions for the local community, influence the long term vision and direction of the Uralla Shire by balancing the needs and priorities of the community, as well as work on a range of issues and learn new skills.
A Candidate Information Session was held at Uralla Shire Council Chambers on 16 June.
The Office of Local Government provides a wealth of resources for persons interested in becoming a councillor.
Click here to view or download the Office of Local Government's Stand for Your Community Candidate Guide. The Office of Local Government also has tailored guides for women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and culturally and linguistically diverse people, as well as guides for candidates in other languages.
Resources relating to participation of women are also available at Women for Election https://wfea.org.au/.
For more information on how to nominate and register as a candidate, important dates and deadlines, as well as election campaign finances and your funding and disclosure obligations, please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.
Local Government Election 2021 Timeline
On 24 July, The Minister for Local Government made an Order postponing the Local Government elections until 4 December 2021.
The NSW Electoral Commission website will be progressively updated to reflect the new dates.
28 June: Nominations for candidates open
3 November: Close of nominations and close of registration of candidates and groups
4 December: Election day
Due to the 2020 Local Government elections being delayed until 4 December 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 election will be for a 2 ¾ year term, with the next Local Government election planned for 2024.
Please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website for other key dates in the 2021 Local Government elections.
If you live outside the Shire but own rateable property within it, you are entitled to vote in local government elections. However, it is not compulsory to do so.
Similarly, eligible occupiers and ratepaying lessees are also entitled to vote in council elections. Find out who is eligible to be on a non-residential roll(PDF, 60KB).
Unlike the normal residential roll, the non-residential roll is not maintained by the NSW Electoral Commission, but by individual councils.
Those interested in registering on the non-residential roll must ensure their details are received by the General Manager before 6.00 pm (EST) Monday 26 July 2021, but it is advisable to apply well before this date.
Download the relevant form if you are an individual nominee(PDF, 231KB) or a nominee of joint/several corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees(PDF, 237KB).
NSW Local Government Act 1993