General Manager reminds community of key election dates

Information: Anthony McMahon has reminded people of key dates in the lead up to the election. Picture: Craig Thomson.
Information: Anthony McMahon has reminded people of key dates in the lead up to the election. Picture: Craig Thomson.

Hilltops Council General Manager Anthony McMahon wants to remind residents in the council area of key dates in the lead up to election day in September.

Residents from Young and the region will head to the ballot box on Saturday, September 9, 2017, to formally elect the first ever Hilltops Council. 

Mr McMahon said the election for the new Hilltops Council would be organised and run by the New South Wales Electoral Commission.

“There are 11 positions to be filled, with the successful candidates elected for three years,” Mr McMahon said.

Mr McMahon wanted the public to know voting is compulsory for all people enrolled in the Hilltops Council Local Government Area (LGA), and the Electoral Commission does apply fines for not voting. He also suggests voters check their details are correct and they are registered to vote.

“To check your enrolment details are up-to-date, or to register to vote, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website before the roll closes on July 31 to ensure you’re eligible to have your say about the area you live in,” Mr McMahon said.

The NSW Electoral Commission website will list details and further information about polling places in and around Young closer to election day with Mr McMahon saying the information will be available on the website in mid-August.

“For those wanting to vote early, pre-poll voting will open on Monday, August 28, while postal vote applications close on Monday, September 4,” he said.

Mr McMahon said there are resources available online for anyone thinking about nominating themselves for Hilltops Council.

“For those considering running for Hilltops Council, nominations open on Monday, July 31 and close at noon on Wednesday, August 9,” Mr McMahon said.

“Forms and candidate information kits are available at the NSW Electoral Commission website.”

The NSW Electoral Commission local government election website can be found at www.votensw.info.