Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bingley bags bragging rights

AND they're off. The first few intending candidates for next month's council elections have made themselves known and Lachlan's Phillip Bingley is the first to stake a claim at New Norfolk's most popular spot for election signs in front of the Junction Motel.

Recent changes to the Local Government Act will result in a complete spill of all elected positions on all councils in Tasmania. The most recent change, passed by both houses of parliament only last week, will now open up the mayoral contests to any person eligible to stand for election. The previous requirement for mayoral candidates to have at least 12 months experience as a councillor has now been thrown out.

The known intending candidates for the Derwent Valley Council are:
  • Ben Shaw (candidate for councillor, announced on Facebook on August 18)
  • Damian Bester, of New Norfolk (candidate for councillor, announced in newspaper advertisement on August 20) 
  • Chris Lester, of Magra (candidate for mayor and councillor, announced on Facebook on August 20)
  • Wayne Shoobridge, of New Norfolk (candidate for deputy mayor and councillor, announced on Facebook on August 25)
  • Phillip Bingley, of Lachlan (candidate for councillor, first election signs seen on August 30)
  • Kylie Farrell, of Molesworth (candidate for councillor, announced on Facebook on September 1)
All intending candidates are invited to let us know by emailing newnorfolknews@gmail.com. Please include your name, town and the positions being contested.


2014 election timetable
    Electoral rolls close ........... 6pm Thursday, 18 September 2014
    
    Nominations open ............. from Monday, 15 September 2014
    Nominations close ............. noon Monday, 29 September 2014
    Nominations announced...... noon Tuesday, 30 September 2014
    Polling period .................... Tuesday, 14 October to 10am Tuesday, 28 October 2014
   
Counting and announcement of results ....................... from Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Full details about the council election process can be found here.