Our Vision is to build a successful future for the Blue Mountains.
The Minister for Local Government has published orders in the Gazette under section 318B of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act) postponing the next ordinary local government elections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was scheduled for 12 September 2020.
The next local government elections will be held on 4 September 2021. The decision to postpone the elections until September 2021 has been made in consultation with and on the advice of the NSW Electoral Commissioner.
Where the Minister exercises the power to postpone elections under section 318B, the election requirements of the Act are suspended for the period specified in the order and current Councillors will continue to hold their civic offices.
If you have the right to vote in federal or State elections, you also have the right to be enrolled as an elector at a local government election in the ward or council area you live in. When you enrol to vote, you will automatically be included on the residential roll for the ward or council area you live in. You must vote in local government elections in the ward or council area you live in.
Check if you can vote
If you're a resident in the the Blue Mountains local government area you can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission: check.aec.gov.au. You must enter your details exactly as they appear on the electoral roll.
Voting as a non-resident in a ward or council area
You are eligible to vote as a non-resident in a ward or council area if you are:
• an owner of rateable land in the ward or council area
• an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the ward or council area.
Non-residential rolls are prepared and certified by each council's general manager, and the NSW Electoral Commissioner must confirm that the voters listed are eligible for enrolment on the non-residential roll. However, you are responsible for checking that you are eligible for inclusion in the non-residential roll for a council or ward when you make an application. Please visit the NSW Electoral Commission for full details on how to vote as a non-resident:
Councillors are elected for 4 years.
Although the number of councillors to be elected varies from council to council, each council is made up of between 5 and 15 councillors (one of whom is the Mayor).
Voters rank candidates in order of preference, and where there are 2 or more positions to be filled, a candidate needs to achieve a quota of the votes to be elected.
As a general rule the councillors elect one of their number to be the Mayor. A Mayor elected by the other councillors serves a two year term.
After each Local Government election, the Division of Local Government surveys all councils. A report on the findings provides information about the representation of the community on local councils. As well as describing the characteristics of councillors and candidates such as gender, age and experience, the report identifies trends over time.
Councils work within laws established by the NSW Parliament. The Local Government Act 1993 NSW (the Act) sets out the major powers, functions and responsibilities of councils based on modern community expectations. The Act gives NSW councils broad powers to independently plan for and manage local community services and facilities in consultation with their local community.
Councils have a legal obligation to provide services under Section 8 of the Act, called “The council’s charter”.
To assist you in making a well informed and considered decision about whether to stand for election as a councillor, see the Council section of the website.