Passionate locals encouraged to Stand for Council

Published on 16 April 2024

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Do you want to have a role in shaping the future of Corangamite Shire? Are you passionate about making a positive contribution to your community? Now is the time to put your hand up to make a difference.

Councils are the closest level of government to community. To represent their communities successfully, they need quality candidates to put their hand up for election.

Prospective Council election candidates are invited to attend information sessions being held around the state. The nearest to Corangamite Shire is in Warrnambool on Thursday 27 June.

For more information and to register, go to the Municipal Association of Victoria website

Corangamite Shire Chief Executive Officer David Rae will be part of a CEO panel at the session in Warrnambool.

“The importance of strong local leadership can’t be understated and I encourage all interested candidates to attend,” Mr Rae said.

“Corangamite has a strong history of community representation by community leaders who put their hand up and become a candidate.

“I encourage anyone thinking about standing to come along or log in to the session and utilise the resources of the MAV Stand for Council campaign.

The MAV will provide copies of the ‘Citizen to Councillor Guide 2024’ to help prospective candidates understand the roles and responsibilities of a councillor and the importance of this elected position.

“The evening will cover topics such as the role and purpose of local government and councillors' roles, responsibilities and expectations once elected,” Mr Rae said.

“Attendees will also receive information about the Corangamite area, the electoral processes and previous councillors' experiences,” he said.

MAV CEO Kelly Grigsby said the MAV Stand for Council campaign is designed to encourage and support a diverse range of candidates from across the Victorian community including first nations, and new and emerging communities.

“If you are thinking of nominating for council as a candidate, these sessions and resources will help you to further consider the broad responsibilities of a councillor, the wide range of issues you will be required to make decisions about and the time commitment,” Ms Grigsby explained.

In the leadup to the election in October, Council will publish updates here.