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
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
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.