Aug 09 2017

By Georgia Holland


Nominations close at 12 noon Wednesday, 9 August for candidates wishing to contest the NSW Local Council elections to be held Saturday, 9 September 2017.

As at 9am Tuesday, 8 August the NSW Electoral Commission has accepted nominations from 948 councillor and 33 mayoral candidates across the 45 councils whose elections are being managed by the Commission.

At 6pm tonight, Returning Officers will conduct the ballot paper draw to determine the position of candidates and groups on the ballot paper.

Once approved, the final list of candidates for each council, will be published in ballot paper order on the NSW Electoral Commission.

The close of nominations marks the beginning of the official month-long election campaign.

Aug 09 2017

By Georgia Holland


Local young drivers are being urged to ignore the distractions and get their hands off their mobile phones before getting behind the wheel.
A new video to highlight the risks associated with young drivers and their ‘always on’ approach to social media has been released.
Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Melinda Pavey says mobile phone distraction is an increasing problem on the roads, particularly among younger drivers who are less experienced at anticipating or identifying the level of attention required for safe driving.
At 60km/h, if you look at your phone while driving for just two seconds, you travel 33 metres blind.
A national study revealed that more than 75% of provisional licence holders self-reported the use of their mobile phone while driving and in NSW alone.

Jul 31 2017

By Georgia Holland

Local Governemnt NSW say the rapidly approaching local government elections is a real opportunity to help redress the gender imbalance in civic and community leadership.

LGNSW President Keith Rhoades is urging women of all ages to consider standing for their local council.

According to the Australian Local Government Association, NSW lags well behind the Northern Territory, where 40% of elected councillors are women.

In NSW the proportion of female councillors has remained constant at 27% for about 30 years.

Nominations open to prospective council candidates today, and will only remain open to August 9.

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