Election time: temporary changes to how Council communicates


Beginning Monday 25 October 2021, Federation Council is subject to a regulated period and must observe certain restrictions for the 40 days prior to the Saturday 4 December 2021 local government election.

These restrictions mean there will be changes to how Council communicates until after the election.

During this period, Council and its employees are prohibited from using Council resources, property and facilities for any activity that assists the election campaign of any candidate running in the local government elections.

While this may appear to be a pretty limited and specific restriction, what may be considered a so-called electoral matter is – from a legal perspective – a broad classification that covers much of the Council’s regular communications activities.

“Electoral matter” is defined under clause 356A of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, and broadly includes any matter that is intended or likely to affect voting in an election. The name, photograph and likeness of a candidate fall within the definition of “electoral matter”.

Due to these restrictions, from Monday 25 October until election day, Council will:

• Replace the regular “Message from the Mayor” in the Urana District Newsletter;

• Replace the regular “Message from the Mayor” in all of Council’s digital newsletters;

• Reduce the issue of media releases and only quote Council’s General Manager as the official spokesperson of Council;

• Amend and reduce social media posting as required and as relevant;

• Cease any scheduled and decline any new radio and TV interview opportunities featuring the Mayor.

Council asks for the community’s patience and understanding during this time and will continue – within the limits of these regulations – to provide our community with up-to-date news and information.

View more information on the upcoming Local Government Election here.

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