With the upcoming October local government elections fast approaching, the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) is hosting candidate information sessions and community members are urged to register their interest.
Taking place in August, the sessions aim to increase understanding of councils and council elections in the community, resulting in more informed candidates and voters and are open to any community members interested in standing for council.
The October elections will see the return of a democratically elected council to the Central Goldfields Shire for the first time since August 2017, making this election integral for the future direction of the council.
According to the VLGA, it is crucial that candidates start early in their preparation for local government elections and that it aims to provide quality information, resources and education about the business of local government and candidate development, to assist councils in attracting and supporting high calibre candidates who reflect the communities they serve.
In a statement from the VLGA, they said it is important that community members who are interested in running for council and who can be elected for four-year terms, undertake the information sessions and the mandatory training.
“It is a requirement under the Local Government Act (2020) that all candidates undertake the mandatory training,” the statement read.
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