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MidCoast Council information sessions for people considering running in September 2021 elections

Councillor information sessions being held in Taree

Great Lakes and Gloucester regional residents considering a tilt at this year's MidCoast Council local government elections in September, will have to travel to Taree to learn more about the process.

Two sessions will be held at the council administration and customer service centre in south Taree from 1pm, Monday, July 5 and 5.30pm, Thursday, July 8.

MidCoast Council general manager, Adrian Panuccio said the information sessions would provide vital information to guide potential candidates through the process.

"If you are thinking of standing for election, the sessions may help you decide whether the role is for you," Mr Panuccio said.

"Attending a session will ensure you're aware of the commitment you'll be making to represent your community if you're elected."

Ordinarily, councillors are elected in NSW for a four year fixed term, however last year the Office of Local Government postponed the 2020 elections until this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To put the four year cycle back on track by 2024, councillors will be elected for a three year term.

Attending a session will ensure you're aware of the commitment you'll be making to represent your community if you're elected.

Adrian Panuccio

"Should you be successful in being elected as a councillor, information you'll receive at this session will ensure you're ready to tackle the responsibility and understand your role, and can get a flying start as a new councillor."

Important election information for candidates from the NSW Office of Local Government, and the NSW Electoral Commission timetable for nominations will be provided at the sessions.

An overview of the role of local government and the roles and responsibilities of the mayor and councillors will be covered, along with the qualities of successful councillors.

The sessions will also provide valuable background and understanding of MidCoast Council, an overview which will include the organisational structure, integrated planning and reporting framework, council fees and expenses, budget, long term financial plan and major projects.