Council to host ‘how to’ session for election hopefuls

Hume City Council will host a public information session for residents considering standing for council in the upcoming October elections.

Hume Chief Executive Officer, Domenic Isola, said that standing for council is a fairly simple process, but can seem daunting if you’re not certain about what is required, or how to nominate and campaign.

“Becoming a councillor is a great opportunity to influence the future direction of the Hume community,” Mr Isola said.

“The information session will outline the roles and responsibilities of a councillor, describe the election process and provide useful advice for getting elected.

“Now is the time to learn more about what’s involved in standing for council and planning an election campaign.”

The information session for prospective candidates will be held on 17 August from 7pm, at Hume Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows.

Speakers from neighbouring councils and the Municipal Association of Victoria will talk about their experiences and the expectations of being a councillor. Mr Isola will provide information about Hume City. Advice on who can nominate, how to nominate, and what is required of a councillor will also be presented.

A video presentation Q&A with councillors from other municipalities will assist prospective candidates to gain an understanding of what the public will expect of you as a councillor, time commitments, challenges and rewards.

The free session will include an opportunity for open discussion and questions.

Hume City Council is represented by 11 councillors. Hume’s ward structure consists of four councillors representing Meadow Valley Ward, four councillors representing Aitken Ward and three councillors representing Jacksons Creek Ward.

Elections for Hume City Council will be conducted by post. Ballot papers will be mailed out to registered voters in October and voters must return them by post by Friday 21 October.

For further information about standing for council, please call Kirsty Pearce, Senior Governance Officer, on 9205 2244.

In keeping with Hume City Council’s Privacy Policy, all registrations and enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

To find out more about the election process, visit the VEC website.

Posted on 5:00 PM, 8 August 2016

Updated : 10:50 AM, 12 August 2016

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