Gunnedah Shire board to host candidate briefing ahead of September election
Advice from Gunnedah Shire
The Gunnedah Shire Board invites community members who are considering running for the next local government election to attend a free candidate briefing.
Hosted by former Lismore City Council Mayor Jenny Dowell OAM, the session is open to any member of the community interested in learning more about running for council and the roles and responsibilities of elected councilors.
The session will take place at the Smithurst Theater on Friday, June 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with light refreshments provided.
Board chief executive Eric Groth encourages anyone who might have an interest in running for Gunnedah Shire’s board in September to attend.
“Our nine elected councilors play an important role in community advocacy and in the direction and formation of our County,” said Mr. Groth.
“This session will provide potential candidates with the opportunity to learn more about the role and purpose of local government, as well as the responsibilities and expectations that come with being an advisor.”
Ms Dowell, who served as mayor of Lismore City Council for eight years, said the session will allow potential candidates to learn more about what is expected of a councilor and mayor on a day-to-day basis.
“I am delighted to be in Gunnedah to host this briefing for community members who are considering raising their hands to challenge the upcoming local election,” Ms. Dowell said.
“The sessions are designed to be very practical and informative and there will be plenty of question and answer opportunities.
“The best way to ensure that all voices from any community are heard is to have a diverse range of candidates for election, and we want to encourage people of all backgrounds, backgrounds, abilities, ages and genders to show up for one of the sessions and learn more about what it means to run for office and serve on the Council.
“Being a counselor takes a considerable time commitment, but there is nothing more rewarding than serving at the level of government closest to the local community.”