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City to host webinar for Council candidates

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The City of Greater Bendigo will host a free webinar for potential Council candidates, focusing on the strategic role of Council.

The session will feature Chief Executive Officer Craig Niemann and Director Corporate Performance Andrew Cooney, as well as Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke.

This session will focus on the strategic role of Council including the Community Plan, the annual Budget and long-term financial plan, governance, training and Councillor support.

Mr Niemann said the aim of the sessions was to demystify the role of Council so people can understand what is required of a Councillor and decide if it’s something they want to consider.

“This is a free webinar so we hope that anyone who is considering running for Council can join and learn more about Council’s decision-making and governance role,” Mr Niemann said.

“We really want to encourage people from different backgrounds to think about running for Council this year. If you are passionate about your community, it could be a great opportunity for you.”

When: Wednesday July 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Where: Webinar which can be accessed at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/election2020. The webinar will be interactive so participants can ask questions. Registrations are encouraged.

The 2020 Council elections will take place in October this year, when nine community members will be elected to the role of Councillor for a period of four years. To nominate for election, a person must be an Australian citizen or qualified British subject, at least 18 years of age on election day, enrolled to vote in the municipality and eligible to stand under the Local Government Act.

Nominations for Council elections open on September 17 and close on September 22.

Election day is on October 24. The final declaration by the Victorian Electoral Commission will be completed by November 13.

 

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