Sem­i­nars to clar­ify role of a coun­cil­lor

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

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.

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