September 2, 2014: Have a go at council

NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2014 local government elections.

There is only a short window of opportunity to nominate from today (Tuesday, September 2) until noon on Tuesday, September 16.

So, if you are planning to put your name forward, don’t leave it until the last minute.

If you are considering running as a councillor, I would encourage you to have a go.

What have you got to lose? Even if you aren’t elected, it is a good experience and process to be involved with.

We get a lot of letters to the editor from disgruntled ratepayers, maybe it is time to put your money where your mouth is?

When the last council elections were held four years ago, 44 candidates nominated for the 30 positions available in the Yorke Peninsula Council, District Council of the Copper Coast and District Council of Barunga West.

This was a healthy number which added interest to the campaigning and election process.

It would be fantastic to see at least this number nominate again and the opportunity to represent your community doesn’t come up very often.

If there is a decent pool of candidates with good qualities to offer, this will also encourage more people to vote in the non-compulsory election.

The Country Times would like to see some new faces get involved with our local councils and, with some current councillors choosing not to stand, there will be vacancies.

We particularly would like to see people who are willing to have a bit of debate at meetings, ask questions and challenge issues.

The Local Government Association has produced a range of documents to inform prospective councillors about the expectations and responsibilities of the job.

Visit the website, www.lga.sa.gov.au.

Amie Price, Editor

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