THE search is on for local councillors, with the City of Greater Bendigo council nomination process opening next week.
Candidates considering standing in the council elections are able to apply from Thursday, September 20, until noon on Tuesday, September 25.
CEO of the Municipal Association of Victoria Rob Spence said it was important to see a diverse range of nominees to reflect the diversity of the community.
“Each individual’s perspective is valued and relevant. The breadth of councillors’ experiences, energy and insights can help to improve outcomes for the community,” he said.
Bendigo Returning Officer Tony McDowell said the more nominations, the merrier.
Mr McDowell said the council elections usually drew about 30 to 40 nominations.
“We’re always hopeful that we’ll get a wide field of candidates in order to complete the democratic process. We want a wide range of views to be found on the council,” he said.
Mr Spence said being a good councillor was not about a person’s age, gender or occupation.
“Standing for council is a great way to contribute and directly influence a better future for your local area.”
In a change from recent elections, the City of Greater Bendigo council will this year be split into three wards – Whipstick, Lockwood and Eppalock – to be represented by a total of nine councillors.
Mr McDowell said it was important for candidates to check their application and ensure they were eligible to nominate.
Prospective candidates must lodge a correctly completed nomination form and a $250 fee by noon on Tuesday,
For more information on nominating as a candidate, contact the Returning Officer, Tony McDowell, on (03) 5443 6220 or visit vec.vic.gov.au