Prospective councillors invited to meet with CEO

Burdekin Shire Council is offering prospective councillors the opportunity to have a briefing from the Chief Executive Officer.

The next Local Government elections will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said he would welcome the chance to speak with people regarding Council and its operations.

“I would be happy to speak with candidates about what is happening in the Shire and to inform candidates of what Council is and isn’t doing,” he said.

“Council is always an easy target when it comes to rumours, misinformation and negativity. I want to not only prevent that, but provide candidates with information on the positive activities Council is pursuing that they may not be aware of.”

Anyone can stand for election as a councillor, provided you are over the age of 18 and an Australian citizen.

Candidates need to be willing to invest time and energy in serving the needs and interests of the local community.

Once the Electoral Commission of Queensland calls nominations, candidates will be able to nominate.

Candidates must choose to stand for election either as a councillor or mayor; you cannot stand for both.

A candidate for election as mayor or councillor for an undivided Local Government Area, like Burdekin Shire, must be on the roll for that Local Government Area and must reside in that Local Government Area at the time of close of rolls for an election.

Nominations can be lodged with the Returning Officer when the notice of the election is published, but must be lodged by noon on the day nominations close.

Full details about the upcoming elections and how to nominate as a councillor or mayor can be found at www.ecq.qld.gov.au

Potential candidates wanting to make an appointment with the CEO to discuss Council operations should contact Council’s Media and Communications Officer Julie Davies on  (07) 4783 9903.

 

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