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. Voting is compulsory.
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 vote in the upcoming City of Parramatta Council election, you will need to know in which ward you reside and vote at a polling place within that ward (unless voting by post, pre-poll or at a dual polling place).
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). There are 6 steps to being a candidate (and forming a group of candidates) which must be followed.
A person can nominate as a candidate for the election if they are entitled to be enrolled as an elector. However, a person is disqualified from holding office if they have been disqualified from holding civic office for any of the reasons set out in sections 275 and 276 of the Local Government Act 1993.
Candidates must disclose on their Candidate Information Sheets submitted with their Nomination Form as to whether or not they are:
- a property developer; or
- a close associate of a corporation that is a property developer
The requirements for Candidate Information Sheets are set out in clause 290 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (the Regulation).
It is an offence under the Regulation to publish or distribute electoral material that contains untrue or incorrect information which is likely to mislead or improperly interfere with an elector casting their vote.
Elected Councillors need to have a long term vision for Council to achieve the best possible outcomes for the community. Elected Councillors will be required to attend monthly Council Meetings. Currently, Council Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month commencing at 6.00pm. Councillors will also be required to attend workshops, which are held on weeknight evenings and on occasional weekends.
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.
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.
A revised Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy was adopted at the Council Meeting on 13 June 2017. This Policy enables the reasonable and appropriate reimbursement of expenses and provision of facilities to Councillors to help them undertake their civic duties.
Councillors elected to the City of Parramatta Council will receive a remuneration of $32,500 per annum and the Lord Mayor will receive a remuneration of $105,000 per annum.
Thinking of Becoming a Councillor?
YOUTH CANDIDATE INFORMATION SESSION
Are you between 18 and 30 and interested in nominating as a candidate for the local government election to be held on Saturday 9 September 2017?
Click here for more details on the Youth Candidate Information Sessions.
Information for prospective candidates
The Office of Local Government has information available for prospective candidates.
Polling Place Locations
A list of Polling Places can be viewed on the NSW Electoral Commission website.
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.