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Nominations for 2018 council elections open today

Men and women of all ages and backgrounds are being encouraged to run for their local council, with the two-week nomination period starting today.

LGA President Sue Clearihan said increasing the diversity of the local government sector is a focus for the Association and its members.

“We are grateful for the service of everyone who puts their hand up to represent their community, and there is a lot of knowledge and experience within our councils. However, it’s important that our councils reflect the diversity of their communities,” Councillor Clearihan said.

“The best way to ensure a broad range of views are considered is for people of different ages, genders, cultures and backgrounds to step up and make themselves heard on council.”

“Without the hurdle of a party-political system, nomination is open to almost every community member over the age of 18.”

“As long as you are an Australian citizen and have lived in your council area for more than one month, you are eligible to nominate. Local business operators and people who own property in a council area are also eligible.”

“South Australia’s community is very diverse. Almost a third of our population was born overseas, with 17 percent of households speaking a language other than English at home.”

“It would be great to see a greater proportion of women on councils and people of all ages, from different cultural, personal and professional backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of views are being considered.”

“I’d also love to see nominations from both Indigenous women and men from our communities.”

More information about eligibility and the nomination process can be found on the Electoral Commission of South Australia’s website.

Nominations for this year’s council elections open today, Tuesday 4 September, and close 12 noon Tuesday 18 September 2018.

Voting in the 2018 council elections will be via postal ballot, with ballot papers distributed in the week commencing 22 October.  Completed ballot papers must be received by 5pm Friday 9 November.

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