Ordinary council elections are conducted on the fourth Saturday in October and are held on a 4 yearly basis. The Wellington Shire Council’s general election was held on Saturday 22 October 2016, at which time all nine Councillor positions from the unsubdivided municipality were decided for a four year term.
The next Wellington Shire Council general election will take place in October 2020.
Following the 2015 Electoral Representation Review, the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) returned a recommendation that was later gazetted by the Minister for Local Government to alter the existing municipal structure from unsubdivided to a three ward structure, each with three councillors. These wards have been named as Northern, Central and Coastal.
Australia is a representative democracy. We elect representatives to make decisions on our behalf. It is the right and the responsibility of everyone on the electoral role to vote. This ensures that our elected representative are genuinely those preferred by the majority of the electorate.
Election Campaign Donation Returns
The 2016 Election Campaign Donation Returns (275KB) document gives details of any gifts received by the candidate, or on behalf of the candidate. This is during the election period, used for or in connection with the election campaign. This includes goods or services.
Could I be a Councillor?
You could be a Wellington Shire Councillor if you are:
- Interested in improving your community
- An Australian Citizen
- Aged 18 years or older on election day
- A resident or ratepayer of Wellington Shire
There are some excellent resources available to help candidates understand local government, the role of a councillor, what it takes to become a councillor and much more. There are helpful hints and tips designed to help candidates with their campaigns.