2017 Council Election
The next election for the City of Parramatta Council, together with other newly merged councils, will be held on Saturday 9 September 2017.
The Election is being conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission. The NSW Electoral Commission website will be continuously updated as the election progresses with information on candidates, ballot paper draw orders, pre-poll and postal voting, polling places, accessibility details etc.
As a result of these elections, 15 Councillors will be elected across the following five wards of the City of Parramatta local government area - Dundas, Epping, North Rocks, Parramatta and Rosehill. Three Councillors will be elected per ward for a three-year term. The Lord Mayor will be elected by Councillors for a period of two years.
KEY DATES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION
FOR 2017 COUNCIL ELECTION
Under the Local Government Act 1993, a person is entitled to vote at the City of Parramatta Council election if they are a resident of one of the five wards in the council area:
- North Rocks
To check your details or to obtain a residential enrolment form, visit the NSW Election Commission or call 1300 135 736. Residential enrolment forms are also available from any Australia Post office.
Voting in local government elections is compulsory for all residents over the age of 18. If a person is on the residential roll in a council area/ward, they cannot be on the non-residential roll for the same area. A person/corporation is not entitled to more than one vote in the council area, even if they are a multiple owner, occupier or lessee.
Roll of Non-Resident Owners
As required by the Local Government Act 1993, the Interim General Manager of the Council is responsible for preparing and certifying the non-residential rolls for this election. You may vote as a non-resident if:
- you are not a resident of a Council ward but own rateable land in a Council Ward
- you are an occupier or a rate paying lessee of rateable land in a Council Ward.
To be eligible, you must register as a non-resident individual applicant or as a corporation/entity (or joint and several owners). Any questions in relation to the non-residential rolls can be directed to Grant Davies on 9806 5314. Please note that it is not compulsory for those on the non-residential roll to vote.
The deadline for non-resident owner enrolment for the next council election is Monday 31 July 2017. Non-residential rolls lapse after each local government election.
Nomination of Candidates
Candidate nominations for the 2017 City of Parramatta Council Election open on Monday 31 July 2017 and close at noon on Wednesday 9 August 2017.
Prospective candidates and groups looking to contest the Election can obtain information from Electoral Commission NSW (Planning to be a Candidate).
The Office of Local Government has prepared a publication Thinking about becoming a councillor, which gives an overview of local government in NSW and outlines the role of a Councillor, what support is available for Councillors, and how to nominate as a candidate for the local government election.
The City of Parramatta will be hosting a candidate seminar for prospective candidates. Further information will be advertised closer to the election.
All local government candidates have obligations under the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981. Visit http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/fd for more information.
Thinking of Becoming a Councillor?
Are you interested in nominating as a candidate at the next local government election to be held on Saturday, 9 September 2017?
City of Parramatta Council will be holding two information sessions (daytime session 12 noon and evening session at 5.30pm) in the Jubilee Room, Parramatta Town Hall, 182 Church Street, Parramatta on Thursday, 22 June 2017 for people interested in nominating as a Councillor in the 2017 Council Elections.
The information sessions will assist attendees in gaining a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of an elected member of Council.
A representative from Local Government NSW will present on a range of topics including:
- The benefits and importance of Local Government
- Understanding the role of Council and the role of the Councillor
- A typical Council structure
- Challenges of the role and how to meet them
- The importance of diverse representation on Council
- Importance of speaking out on key issues and how to do this confidently
- Meeting procedures and rules of debate
- Support available including information and networks
- Introduction to local government jargon and what it means
- Putting it together: Making a commitment
- Managing Conflicts of Interest
- Community expectations for good governance.
Attendance at the seminar is free but RSVPs are essential and should be forwarded to Grant Davies on 9806 5314.
Information for prospective candidates
The Office of Local Government has information available for prospective candidates.
Previous Local Government Election Results - Former Parramatta City Council
Information pertaining to past Election Results of the former Parramatta City Council can be viewed on the Elections NSW website.
Available documents include:
- Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate
- First Preference by Polling Place
- First Preference by Group Candidate by Vote Type
- Polling Places.