6 July 2016 Candidate Briefing Sessions

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6 July 2016 Candidate Briefing Sessions

Prospective candidates for the 2016 local government elections on September 10 are invited to attend a Candidate Briefing Session in Coffs Harbour City Council Chamber on July 19 or July 20.

The sessions will enable those interested in becoming a councillor to gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of an elected council member. Each is designed to provide anyone considering standing for election with the information they need to help them make a considered decision.

The workshops will cover the benefits and importance of Local Government, understanding the role of council and the role of the councillor, a typical council structure, challenges of the role and how to meet them, the importance of diverse representation on council, the importance of speaking out on key issues and how to do this confidently, meeting procedures and rules of debate, support available including information and networks, an introduction to local government jargon and making the commitment.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key requirements for becoming a councillor;

  • Recognise how the councillor role fits in with other roles and various levels of government;

  • Address their key expectations and potential challenges in becoming a councillor;

  • Know how the councillor role fits in with the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework; and

  • Identify key elements of council meetings, including code of conduct and conflict of interest.

The sessions will be run by Martin Bass of Local Government NSW (LGNSW) and will be held in the Council Chamber on the corner of Coff and Castle Streets.

The session times are:

  • Tuesday, July 19, at 5pm or

  • Wednesday, July 20, at 10am.

Each session is expected to last up to three hours.

To reserve a place, contact Ross Clark on 6648 4206.