Seminars to clarify role of a councillor
PEOPLE are being encouraged to find out what it takes to be a councillor and contest the Queensland local government elections on Saturday, March 19.
Acting director-general of the Department of Infrastructure, Stephen Johnston says department officers will conduct free information seminars for intending candidates throughout the state.
“Public office can be rewarding for those who are dedicated to their community but it can also be challenging,” Mr Johnston said.
“Before you nominate for the position of councillor or mayor, you should have a clear idea of what’s involved. Our department officers are there to guide you.”
The “So You Want To Be A Councillor” sessions began on October 1 in Esk with more than 70 to be conducted across Queensland.
Bundaberg will have its turn on October 22 at 6pm at the Civic Centre Supper Room with anyone interested in running for their council urged to get along.
The seminars will explain the nomination process including eligibility as well as outlining what is expected of elected officials in terms of their responsibilities and behaviour.
“Ratepayers deserve the best representation possible on their council and these seminars will provide valuable information for anyone considering nominating for election.”
Nominations for councillor and mayoral positions close February 16.
For more information: www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/ local-government/localgovernment-elections.