Confused about the upcoming NSW Local Government elections? We’re cutting through the B.S to give you some useful and practical info ahead of polling day on December 4.
There are 128 local government councils in NSW. Each council represents a local government area. Voting is compulsory except for council polls.
The role of our local council is to look after the needs of the community. Council representatives are called Councillors and the head of a council is the Mayor.
Councils make a range of decisions and rules that apply in their local government area, such as planning decisions, regulating land use and other activities and deliver a range of community services and facilities, including:
- Libraries and public halls
- Sporting facilities such as playing fields, swimming pools, tennis courts and golf courses
- Public land such as parks and other recreation areas
- Household garbage and recycling collections.
Each local government area is managed by a council and voters in each area elect people to represent them on the council.
Local government areas may be divided into wards or undivided, without wards. If you live in a divided area, you will vote only in the ward in which you are enrolled.
Voters in some areas (like Mosman) elect their mayor. In other areas (like North Sydney), the mayor is chosen by the elected councillors.