Local Government Elections

Under the Local Government Act 1993 NSW, council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every 4 years. The last election for the Council of the Blue Mountains Local Government Area was held on Saturday 10 September 2016. By-elections are conducted periodically when a councillor vacancy occurs. Councils can conduct their own elections or elections can be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Election results

Follow this link to view the 2016 Local Government election results.

Councillors

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.

Mayor

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.

Legislation

Councils work within laws established by the New South Wales 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. This Section of the Act is called “The council’s charter”.

About Blue Mountains City Council

To assist you in making a well informed and considered decision about whether to stand for election as a councillor please view the Council section of the website.

Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework

Local councils in NSW are required to undertake their planning and reporting activities in accordance with the Act and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005. 30 June 2012, saw the requirement that all councils in NSW were to work within the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework as set out in s406 of the Act. For information on Blue Mountains City Council’s long-term plans and strategic documents please go to Publications.

Council Meetings

Council meetings are currently held on a monthly basis at the Katoomba Council Chambers. Meetings are held on Tuesdays commencing 7:30pm.

Go to Council Meetings

Meeting procedures contribute to good decision-making and increase council’s transparency and accountability to its community. The legislation sets out certain procedures that must be followed in council and committee meetings. The relevant sections of the Act are Sections 360 and 365.

Download the the Blue Mountains City Council Code of Meeting Practice

Information provided by the Office of Local Government

The Office of Local Government provides the following publications for potential and current Councillors.

Further information can be found of the Office of Local Government website.