In New South Wales, local government elections are held every four years.
At these elections, you have the opportunity to vote for local candidates to become Councillors. The elected Councillors then serve Kempsey Shire Council for a four-year term.
Next election date
The next election will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021 after the NSW local government elections were postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to COVID-19.
Candidate briefing sessions
Potential candidates can attend briefing sessions at Kempsey Shire Council.
In the lead-up to the NSW local government elections on 4 September, Kempsey Shire Council will conduct two candidate briefing sessions.
The sessions will provide an opportunity for potential candidates to:
- identify the key requirements of becoming a Councillor
- recognise how the Councillor role fits in with other roles and levels of government
- address key expectations and potential challenges in becoming a Councillor
- know how the Councillor role fits in with Integrated Planning and Reporting
- understand key elements of Council meetings, including the code of conduct and conflicts of interest.
The candidate briefing sessions will be conducted by Local Government NSW facilitators.
- Wednesday 7 July, Kempsey 5pm - 8pm
- Thursday 8 July, Kempsey 9am - 12noon
Both sessions will be held in Council Chambers at 22 Tozer St, West Kempsey.
Key information and dates
Non-Residential Roll: Non-Resident Owners, Occupiers and Rate paying lessees can apply to be placed on the non-residential roll to be eligible to vote in the election. Applications to be on the non-residential roll close on 2 August 2021.
Nominations for candidates: commence on 26 July 2021 and close at 12 noon on 4 August 2021.
Postal voting: applications commence on 26 July 2021 and close at 5pm on 30 August 2021.
Pre-poll voting: commences on 23 August 2021 and closes 3 September 2021.
Further details on pre-polling and polling locations will be released in future.
Becoming a Councillor
Kempsey Shire Council’s Mayor and eight Councillors are elected by their local community.
As democratically elected representatives, Councillors work together to make decisions about what Council will do to meet community needs and how to spend money in the best interests of the shire.
If you are passionate about your local community then you already have what it takes to become a Councillor. Being a Councillor is a rewarding opportunity to:
- make well-informed decisions in the interests of your local community
- influence the long-term vision and direction of your community
- facilitate communication between Council and community members
- work with diverse and passionate people on a range of issues
- uphold and represent the policies and decisions of Council
- learn new skills, such as public speaking and advocacy
The NSW Office of Local Government has resources on becoming a Councillor.
Further information on the election
Past election results are available on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website.