Find Out What It’s Like To Be Councillor

Wagga Wagga City Council is running a free briefing session next month for anyone interested in standing for elected office in the 2024 NSW Local Government Elections.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) will be facilitating the pre-election Candidate Information Session at the Council Chambers on Wednesday 19 June 2024, giving attendees an understanding of the role and responsibilities of an elected member of council.

Led by Leanne Barnes from LGNSW, the seminar will offer valuable insights and guidance for potential candidates, including how to best communicate their reasons for standing.

Council’s Manager Corporate Governance and Performance David Galloway said the seminar is ideal for people who are curious about life as a councillor.

“While being a councillor is not a full-time job, it is a role that requires a considerable amount of your engagement, time and energy,” Mr Galloway said.

“The briefing will give potential candidates a realistic overview of what your life might be like as a councillor, to fully consider the personal impact and time commitment involved in being a councillor.

“As well as finding out about the responsibilities and expectations of the role, you will also get an understanding of the important contribution you can make to our community if you are elected to the role.”

Exterior of Wagga Council Civic Centre in background with palm tree and grass in foreground

The session will cover topics such as understanding the role of Council and councillors, the challenges of the role, meeting procedures and rules of debate, and an introduction to many of the terms used in Local Government.

It will also discuss the importance of diverse representation on Council.

“The NSW Government is committed to inspiring and empowering more women and individuals from diverse backgrounds to stand for their local community and nominate to run for their local council at the September 2024 elections,” Mr Galloway said.

“Strong councils reflect the communities they serve, and a diverse and passionate group of people working together can bring together a wide range of perspectives, ideas, and experiences, which can lead to more creative and innovative solutions to problems or challenges.”

Seats for the face-to-face session are limited, so please book to secure your spot.

LGNSW Pre-Election Candidate Information Session

Wednesday 19 June 2024, 5:30 – 9pm

Wagga Wagga City Council

243 Baylis Street Wagga Wagga

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