Council to host information session for candidates
Candidates running in the City of Logan March 28 Local Government Election will get an opportunity to learn about process, governance and their roles and responsibilities at an information session.
The Logan Entertainment Centre event will run from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, January 30 and include guest speakers from Council, Office of Independent Assessor (OIA), Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) and the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.
It is designed to equip candidates with knowledge across broad topics, including an overview of compliance and eligibility requirements, the role of mayor and councillors (Local Government Act 2009), election signage rules, and an update on the Transition to Council work overseen by the Interim Administrator Tamara O’Shea.
Ms O’Shea urged candidates to register their attendance for the LEC event before the January 24 registration deadline.
“Council understands there will be candidates from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences who are considering a future in local government,” she said.
“Service to your local community can be an extremely rewarding role, however the landscape has recently changed and there are a number of matters to be aware of.
“The session will assist those even with government knowledge and experience to navigate the intricacies of local government.”
The session will also include an update on integrity reforms, conflict of interest, the role of the OIA, and if elected, what candidates can expect on day one in the new job.
With the election race counting down until the March 28 poll, around 40 residents are running as Councillor candidates across the 12 Divisions, while five are in the race for the mayoralty.
In December Council adopted a suite of reforms to ensure continued good governance and improved transparency to help prepare an incoming Council for success in March.
Ms O’Shea adopted the new policies and frameworks at a special council meeting as part of a Transition to Council plan.
She said Council had undertaken a number of measures to ensure it meets the community's needs and expectations through consistent policies, procedures and communications.
Ms O’Shea, who was appointed Interim Administrator in May 2019 by the Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs, will remain as Interim Administrator until the conclusion of the election on March 28.
Council has also launched an online information portal for candidates. The site includes information about local government, campaigning, elections, and council business, including the annual budget and the role of the CEO and the organisation.
Candidates are also encouraged to visit the Queensland Government’s new website – “So you want to be a Councillor” which includes links to the mandatory online training for candidates https://www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/so-you-want-to-be-a-councillor.html