Explainer: Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council election, September 2017

Is there an election this year?

Yes.

The election will be held on September 9, 2017.

Due to local government amalgamations last year, only some councils have elections this year. 

Surrounding regions including Yass, Goulburn-Mulwaree and the Eurobodalla do not have elections this year.

Snowy-Monaro Regional Council, a merged entity of Bombala, Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River, is holding an election.

After this year’s election, all NSW councils will have their general elections in September 2020. That’s four years on from the first portion of elections held last September for councils that did not merge.

Who am I voting for?

You will be voting for 11 councillors to represent the Queanbeyan-Palerang region.

In the previous election in 2012, Queanbeyan had 10 councillors and Palerang had 9, that’s including one mayor each.

Keep updated on who is running for council through the Queanbeyan Age website and Facebook page. 

Do I vote for a mayor?

No.

In the past, Queanbeyan residents have voted for their mayor, but Palerang residents have not.

In this election, the elected councillors will vote for the mayor.

Once elected, the mayor will hold office for two years. 

The exception will be the second mayor of the new council who will hold office for one year only, as the next full council election will take place in 2020.

What happens if I don’t vote?

If you don’t vote, you could be fined $55 by NSW Treasury.

People who appear not to have voted in the election will be issued with a penalty notice. If that occurs, you must pay the notice or provide an appropriate reason why you didn’t vote within 28 days.

Am I enrolled?

Check your enrollment details are correct by:

- phoning 1300 135 736

How do I become a councillor?

Take part in a candidate information session to find out more.

Got a question?

Email editor.queanbeyanage@fairfaxmedia.com.au