The upcoming local government elections has ramped up with pre-polling opening earlier this week Monday, November 22 for all residents across the Mid Coast local government area (LGA).
The election will be held on Saturday, December 4.
Pre-polling will be at:
- Mid-Coast returning officer's office (former Great Lakes Council chambers), 4 Breese Parade, Forster, Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm;
- Tuncurry Memorial Hall, 7 Point Road, Tuncurry, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm;
- Tea Gardens District Office, 245 Myall Street, Tea Gardens - Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm;
- Manning Uniting Church, 29 Albert Street, Taree, Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm, and
- Gloucester Council Chamber, Railway Street , Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.
Postal voting applications are open until 5pm next Monday, November 29.
Anyone who applies after this date will not receive a postal vote pack.
The deadline for returning postal votes is Friday, December 17 at 6pm.
iVote applications and voting also opened on Monday, November 22.
To check your iVote and postal voting eligibility, and how to apply, head to the Electoral Commission's Voters webpage.
Councillors elected in December will serve a reduced term of two years and eight months after COVID-19 caused the 2020 election to be postponed.
The poll declaration is planned to occur between December 21 and 23, 2021, while the mayor and deputy mayor elections are planned to occur on January 12, 2022.
Eighty candidates are vying for 11 positions on MidCoast Council in the local government election on Saturday, December 4.
Nominations have been received from 13 groups, with one candidate "ungrouped."
The Greens, Liberal and Labor parties have nominated teams. MidCoast Council is "undivided," meaning there are no wards.
The mayor and deputy mayor positions will be decided by the new council.
For more information, head to https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 135 736.