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Nominate as a Council Member

Nominating to become a member of Council is an important decision. In doing so candidates put their name and credibility on the line with local voters in a Council election.

Performing in this role will most likely involve working long hours and on occasions, being required to deal with pressures generated by the community in regard to issues of concern to them.

However, there is also the personal satisfaction that you will gain from playing an important part in developing a better community for the future.

Being a Council Member can be demanding and requires dealing with complicated matters.. Although you can be sure that other Council Members and the staff will help, new Council Members need to be prepared to learn a lot, very fast. Nevertheless, it is a rewarding role and well worth considering.

To assist prospective candidates to consider what is needed to prepare for becoming a Council Member the Local Government Association has prepared a document titled "Make a Difference"

In addition, a Candidate Briefing session will be held in the Council Chamber, 115 Ellen Street, Port Pirie, on Wednesday 15th August from 7pm to 10pm.

Click here for the program

Who can nominate for a position on council

A person must be on the Council voters roll to be eligible to stand as a candidate in Local Government elections. Anyone can stand for election as a Council Member, either Mayor or Councillor, if they are:

a) an Australian citizen; or have been a member of a Council at any time between 5 May 1997 and 1 January 2000; and are

b) an elector for the area; or
a nominee who is an officer of a body corporate which has its name on the voters roll for the area; or
a nominee of a group which has its name on the voters roll for the area (either a member of the group or an officer of a body corporate that is a member of the group).

People are ineligible if they:

  • are a State or Commonwealth Parliamentarian;
  • are an undischarged bankrupt;
  • are disqualified from holding office by a court order;
  • are an employee of the Council for which they are considering nominating;
  • are a candidate for office as a Council Member in another Council area;  
  • have been sentenced to imprisonment and is, or could become, liable to serve the sentence or the remainder of the sentence.

If you have any doubts as to whether you are eligible you should contact James Holyman, Returning Officer for the Council election, telephone 8633 9777


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