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Ordinary Council Elections are conducted on the fourth Saturday in October and are held on a 4 yearly basis unless there is a need for a by-election.
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The election process is coordinated by the Victorian Electoral Commission, with additional information relating to boundaries, enrolment, election results and more available directly from the VEC website.

The Wellington Shire Council’s last general election was held on Saturday 22 October 2016, at which time all nine Councillor positions were decided for a four year term.

The next Wellington Shire Council general election will take place on Saturday 24 October 2020. Voting will be by post and the VEC will post ballot packs to enrolled voters between Tuesday 6 October and Thursday 8 October 2020. You must ensure your completed vote is in the mail or hand-delivered to your election office before 6:00 pm on Friday 23 October 2020. You can find all details relating to enrolment, voting and candidates on the Wellington Shire Council VEC webpage.

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.

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2020 Local Council Election Candidates

Nominations for the 2020 local council elections are now closed. The following vacancies exist for the Wellington Shire Council:

  • Central Ward (3 vacancies)
  • Coastal Ward (3 vacancies)
  • Northern Ward (3 vacancies)

Below is a complete list of candidates in ballot paper order.

Finalised Candidate details are also available to view on the VEC's Nominations page.

Are you interested in becoming a Councillor?

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is responsible for administering Local Government elections.

To become a Wellington Shire Councillor you must be:

  • Interested in improving your community
  • An Australian Citizen
  • Aged 18 years or older on election day
  • A resident or ratepayer of Wellington Shire enrolled to vote no later than 4.00pm on 28 August 2020

In addition, under the Local Government Act 2020, you must have also completed a Mandatory Candidate Training session which is available online through the Local Government Victoria website. This is a requirement of nomination and failure to complete the module may result in your nomination being declined.

Nominations for the 2020 Council general election opened at 9:00am on Thursday 17 September 2020 and closed at 12:00pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020.

Nominations were to be lodged in person with the VEC at their Sale electoral office, 118 Raymond Street, Sale.

Useful resources for Candidates are included on the links below, including how to safely campaign during COVID-19.

Candidate Training

Local Government Victoria and the Victorian Electoral Commission require people to meet certain eligibility criteria in order to become a council election candidate. This includes undertaking a mandatory candidate training session which is a compulsory requirement for nomination.

There are also a number of optional training opportunities to help candidates better prepare for the election campaign process.

Stand For Council - Community and Candidate Information Sessions

Hosted by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), these online sessions will provide prospective candidates with information about:

  • The role and purpose of local government
  • The new Local Government Act 2020
  • Introduction to your council and information on the municipal area
  • Roles, responsibilities and expectations of a Councillor
  • The experience of being a Councillor
  • The electoral process and campaigning including key dates and information provided by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

There are two information session available and a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to participants once registered.

Session 1: Monday 24 August, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Session 2: Tuesday 25 August, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Registrations have now closed.

Mandatory Candidate Training

Local Government Victoria (LGV) are providing mandatory online training for prospective candidates who wish to nominate as a candidate in the council elections. In accordance with the Local Government Act 2020, prospective candidates must complete this mandatory training to be eligible to nominate for the election with the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Accessing the training

You can register for and access the training directly from the LGV website or you can click here to head straight through to the registration page.

How long will the training take?

The training should take approximately one hour to complete.

What you’ll need handy to start

To register, you will need:

  • A drivers licence or passport
  • Access to an email  address

As this training is mandatory, there may be a time in the future when LGV or VEC may ask you to verify that you did complete it. To do this, you will be asked to provide the number of your driver’s licence or passport.  If you do not have a driver’s licence or passport you can still complete the training. Please contact Local Government Victoria, during business hours, on (09) 9948 8592 or via email LGAct@delwp.vic.gov.au.

You will also need access to an email account. When you register, LGV will send a unique link to access the training. If you are unable to finish the training in one session, your progress will be saved and you will be able to resume your training via the link.

I’ve finished the training, now what?

On completion of the training, LGV will send confirmation that you have completed the course. You will also be provided with the information you need relating to the completion of the training for you to present when you commence your nomination with the VEC.

Election Period and Policy

The purpose of the Election Period Policy is to outline the conduct of Council during the Caretaker Period for municipal general elections.

It ensures the election is conducted in an environment that is open and fair to all candidates by setting out procedures and practices to be followed during the pre-election period.

During the 2020 Council general elections, the election period will start at 12:00pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020 and finish at 6:00pm on Saturday 24 October 2020.

Election Period Policy

Election Campaign Donation Returns

The Election Campaign Donation Returns document is available for download on the link below and provides 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 and includes goods or services.

Election Campaign Donation Returns

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Documents Available for Public Inspection

Council maintain a range of documents and registers for public inspection in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989 and the Local Government (General) Regulations 2004 - these are shown below.


Note: The Auditors Report is incorporated within the Annual Report.

The documents below can also be viewed at our Sale or Yarram Service Centres.

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In addition, the following documents are also available for public inspection at the Sale Service Centre:

  • Authorised Officers
  • Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes
  • Councillor Code of Conduct
  • Councillor Reimbursement Policy
  • Delegations
  • Election Campaign Donation Returns Register
  • List of all Leases
  • List of Donations and Grants
  • Procurement Policy
  • Record of Assembly of Councillors
  • Register of Interests Travel Register
  • Details of Chief Executive Officer reappointment and total remuneration

To arrange an inspection, please contact Council.

Annual Report

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Council Budget

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Council Plan and Vision

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Council Strategies and Plans

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2016 - 2020 (Current Council)

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 22 October 2016. They will serve until the next Council elections are held in 2020.

Cr Alan Hall

Coastal Ward
alanha@wellington.vic.gov.au
0476 000 159

Cr Gayle Maher
Coastal Ward
gaylem@wellington.vic.gov.au
0476 000 162

Cr Ian Bye
Central Ward
ianb@wellington.vic.gov.au
0476 000 146

Cr Malcolm Hole
Northern Ward
malcolmh@wellington.vic.gov.au
0408 541 746

Cr Carmel Ripper
Northern Ward
carmelr@wellington.vic.gov.au
0418 875 523

Cr Carolyn Crossley
Northern Ward
carolync@wellington.vic.gov.au
0409 495 833

Cr Darren McCubbin
Central Ward
darrenm@wellington.vic.gov.au
0458 006 486

Cr Garry Stephens
Coastal Ward
garrys@wellington.vic.gov.au
0476 000 157

Cr Scott Rossetti
Central Ward
scottr@wellington.vic.gov.au
0419 366 686

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2012 - 2016

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 27 October 2012.

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2008 - 2012

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 29 November 2008.

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2005 - 2008

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 26 November 2005.

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2003 - 2005

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 15 March 2003.

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2000 - 2003

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 18 March 2000.

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1997 - 2000

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 15 March 1997.

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