Run-up to local elections

AS THE Federal Election results are being determined, the run to the NSW Local Government elections in September has kicked off.

Coffs Harbour City councillor Keith Rhoades said local government workshops would be held on the Coffs Coast soon to educate those interested about running for a position on the council.

He encouraged all those interested in running for the council to pursue that interest.

"It is a terrific level of government to be part of," Cr Rhoades said.

"I do encourage local community members to get involved."

Bellingen and Nambucca shire councils have pooled their resources to conduct two candidate briefing sessions in the lead-up to September 10.

General mangers of the councils said the sessions would provide an opportunity for potential candidates to identify the key requirements of becoming a councillor as well as how to recognise how the councillor role fits in with other roles and levels of government

The sessions will also educate participants on the elements of council meetings, including code of conduct and conflict of interest.

The candidate briefing sessions will be conducted by Local Government NSW facilitators Maire Sheehan and Narayan Van de Graaf, both of whom have lengthy experience in local government. The sessions are restricted to 20 people per session. For more information, contact the Bellingen and Nambucca shire councils.

Next Tuesday, the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce has hinted it will make an announcement about the elections.



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