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1 February 2024

Considering running for Council? Learn what’s involved at a briefing session

Briefing sessions for prospective candidates ahead of September poll

Candidate briefing

Residents considering running for Council at the upcoming local government election in September are invited to attend a briefing session to find out more about the role.

Council will provide briefing sessions in May and June for prospective candidates to gain a better understanding of the role of Councillor, ahead of the NSW Local Government elections on Saturday 14 September 2024.

Four briefing sessions will be hosted in total, conducted by former Mayor of Lismore Jenny Dowell OAM and supported by Council and Local Government NSW. The same content will be repeated at each event so prospective candidates will only need to attend one of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday 7 May: 9 am - 12 pm, Harvard Room, Tweed Heads Administration Office

  • Tuesday 7 May: 5.30 - 8.30 pm, Harvard Room, Tweed Heads Administration Office

  • Tuesday 4 June: 9 am - 12 pm, Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium

  • Tuesday 4 June: 5.30 - 8.30 pm, Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium.

Council’s Manager Corporate Governance Stephanie Papadopoulos said the briefing sessions would provide valuable insights and essential information for all those interested in standing for election as a councillor.

“Councillors make significant decisions that have a far-reaching impact on their community, so it is important anyone considering nominating to run in the upcoming election is aware of their potential roles and responsibilities and the time commitments involved,” Ms Papadopoulos said.

“Council strives to provide robust support for our elected members and these candidate briefings aim to address any questions or uncertainties that prospective candidates may have, ensuring they are well-informed and prepared for the challenges and rewards that come with serving the community.”

The candidate briefing sessions will focus on these key areas:

  • The benefits and importance of local government

  • Understanding the role of council and the role of councillor

  • A typical council structure

  • Challenges of the role and how to meet them

  • The importance of diverse representation on council

  • 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.

To register to attend a candidate briefing, visit:

For further questions, call Council on 02 6670 2400.

Council has engaged the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) to administer the election.  The NSWEC has published a comprehensive timeline for the 2024 election. For further information on the election, including how to register as a candidate, visit the NSWEC at elections.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 135 736.

The Office of Local Government has published the Stand for Your Community Candidate Guide as a starting point to help you decide whether you would like to run in the next council election in September 2024.


Photo 1: Candidate briefing 
Caption: Residents considering running for Council at the upcoming local government election in September are invited to attend a briefing session to find out more about the role.

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Tweed Shire Council wishes to acknowledge the Ngandowal and Minyungbal speaking people of the Bundjalung Country, in particular the Goodjinburra, Tul-gi-gin and Moorung – Moobah clans, as being the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters within the Tweed Shire boundaries. Council also acknowledges and respects the Tweed Aboriginal community’s right to speak for its Country and to care for its traditional Country in accordance with its lore, customs and traditions.
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