Stand for council – Support is there…

The coming Council elections are in October 2012. They could be your chance to become a community leader,  add direction and your voice to the council.  All state councils will be holding elections.

Learn all about the opportunity at a free session Wed July 11th  – see below. or read this Candidate Handbook Melbourne By-Election (4Meg)

You’ll have opportunities to: To stand for council, you’ll need:
  • help your community
  • improve infrastructure
  • improve local planning
  • improve amenity
  • build engaged communities
  • passion, commitment and time
  • an interest in your community
  • an interest in local government
  • to be prepared to learn
  • to be accountable

There is some good info to be found on the Manningham council web site  ( similar can be found for all councils on their web sites.)

Councilors and wards in Manningham.      What is the role of councilor ?         What is the role of Mayor ?

As an individual, a Councillor is expected to represent the interests of residents and ratepayers. This means providing community leadership and guidance, and improving communication between the community and Council.

What do they get Paid ?   (Note: this is usually handled as a part time role.)

Councillor Allowances Mayoral Allowance
$22,616 $69,61

(Plus expenses.)       Each year the Mayor is chosen from the councilors, by the councilors.

 

Support Organisation – Stand for council

(Here you will find info suitable for all councils)

There is an Event coming to a council near you soon, here is Manninghams’.

Date Host & venue Time
      Wed 11 July           Manningham City Council 6:45pm – 9:00pm
    Venue: Manningham City Offices, Doncaster

Community and candidate information sessions will be held across Victoria as part of the preparations for the 2012 council elections.

You can also arrange for a session to be held at your council or organisation.

These sessions will inform community members and prospective candidates about:

  • the role and purpose of local government
  • councillors’ roles, responsibilities and expectations
  • the municipal area
  • the electoral processes
  • councillors’ experiences

These sessions are run by us in partnership with the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Further information

For more information, or to arrange for a session to be held at your council or organisation, contact Andrew Rowe at arowe@mav.asn.au or on 03 9667 5549.

Attending a session

Registration for these sessions is not required.  Any member of the public is welcome to come along on the day.

 Further details from the Manningham council is included below:

The Victorian Electoral Commission will be conducting the elections on behalf of Council and will be operating from the current Doncaster Library Building from early September. Both the VEC and the Municipal Association of Victoria have information on their websites that will assist potential candidates and are the main points for information. Council’s website will contain similar information closer to the date of the elections.

There will be two information sessions held for people interested in the elections. The first will be run by the Municipal Association of Victoria for all interested people while the second will be run by the VEC for the actual candidates and their scrutineers.
The details of the MAV session as we know them are :-

The Session will beheld on Wednesday 11 July at 6:45pm for a 7.00pm start until 9:00pm.  
 
Participation includes:
·         a two hour Community and Candidate Information Session conducted by the MAV
·         presentations include: the MAV, visiting CEO, host council CEO, visiting councillor from a neighbouring  council
·         presentation from a representative from the VEC
·         20 Copies of From Citizen to Councillor (valued at $20 each)
 
You will also find good information on elections from the MAV Stand for Council Campaign and the standforcouncil.com.au website.

The Victorian Electoral Commission website has very good information for people interested in council elections.

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