THE City of Greater Bendigo is thinking ahead to the October council election, with voluntary information sessions planned to help prepare prospective candidates.
But looming local government reforms are weighing on some people's minds as they consider campaigning.
A suite of changes, touted as the sector's most significant reforms in more than 30 years, are poised to pass Victorian parliament.
The Local Government Bill 2019 passed the Legislative Council last week. The bill is set to return to the Legislative Assembly next week, in one of the final steps in the process to make a law.
Some uncertainty remains about how aspects of the bill, like a preference for single-member wards, might affect the City of Greater Bendigo if they are enacted.
Bendigo corporate performance director Andrew Cooney said the city was eagerly anticipating detailed information, but had been led to believe there would be no change to its council wards before the election.
"Our intelligence is that the introduction of single-member wards won't impact the City of Greater Bendigo for the 2020 elections," Mr Cooney said.
The city expects the October 24 election to result in three councillors being elected to each of its three existing wards for a four-year term.
Former Whipstick Ward candidate Thomas Prince said he was likely to run again, if the city's ward structure remained the same.
"It's been a consideration, whether or not the ward structure will be the same," Mr Prince said.
He said he found the voluntary information sessions, which were also held in 2016, "valuable and effective".
The proposed local government reforms could mean a separate, compulsory set of candidate information sessions are introduced.
Mr Cooney said the city had received general interest in becoming a councillor.
"We do know there's interest out there in the community," he said.
A number of Bendigo's existing nine councillors are considering running again, including mayor Margaret O'Rourke and councillors Rod Fyffe, Jennifer Alden and Andrea Metcalf.
Councillors Malcolm Pethybridge and Susie Hawke, both of whom joined the council after countbacks, were as yet undecided.
Councillor James Williams last year announced he would not be running again.
Councillors Matt Emond and George Flack did not respond to requests for comment.
The city's first voluntary information session is from 12.30pm -1.30pm today in the Bendigo Library.
Candidate nominations open from September 17 - 22, with election results declared by November 6.