Have you ever thought about standing for a position on Council? Wondered what responsibilities a Councillor has? Now is the time to consider it!
East Arnhem Regional Council has two vacant Councillor positions in the Gumurr Miwatj Ward, which will be filled during a By Election on the 7th and 8th March. Residents from the Gumurr Miwatj Ward, which takes in Yirrkala, Gunyangara, Wallaby Beach and surrounding homelands, will vote for their choice of Councillor to represent them on the East Arnhem Regional Council.
What does Council do?
The primary role of the Council is to act as a representative, informed and responsible decision maker in the interest of its constituency; exercising and carrying out the powers and functions of local government assigned to the Council under the Local Government Act (NT) 2008.
What is a Councillor’s responsibilities?
The Role of Elected Members (Councillors) is to:
Represent the interest of all residents and rate-payers of the council area;
Provide leadership and guidance;
Facilitate communication between the members of the Council’s constituency and the Council;
Participate in the deliberations of the Council and its community activities; and
Ensure as far as practical, that the Council acts honestly, efficiently and appropriately in carrying out its statutory obligations.
Information for Candidates
Any person wanting to become a candidate for the 2019 Miwatj Ward By Election must lodge a correctly completed nomination form before the close of nominations at 12noon on Friday 22 February 2019.
You can download the Nomination Form here
The declaration of nominations will take place on Friday 22 February 2019 at 1pm . If more candidates are nominated than there are vacancies, an election must be held and the draw for positions on ballot papers then takes place.
Vacancies exist for two ‘ordinary’ council members. For more information view the Candidate Handbook.
For more information on eligibility, nominations, campaigning and loads more - visit the NT Electoral Commission website.
ENROL NOW to vote
Voting in the By Election is compulsory for residents within the Miwatj Ward. The electoral roll closes on Wednesday 20 February at 5pm which means you need to ensure all of your information is updated by then. If you have turned 18yrs of age since the last election you will need to ensure you are enrolled to vote. You can check your enrolment status at the East Arnhem Regional Council - Yirrkala Office or Headquarters or head online to check yourself. You can also download the Enrolment Form here.
Mobile voting is conducted over a number of days leading up to election day in homelands and outstations. Small teams of electoral officials travel to the locations scheduled to be visited. More information will be provided closer to the by election day.
Mobile voting services operate according to advertised dates and times to allow electors to vote from 9am on the 4 March 2019 and up to 5:00 pm on election day itself - Friday 8 March.
The voting times for mobile voting vary according to the number of electors to be serviced. Wherever possible, itineraries for mobile voting teams are drawn up taking into account elector movements and any identified voting times and dates for the locations concerned.
Mobile voting locations and times will be available closer to the election.
Election day voting centres
This year the Miwatj Ward By Election will take place on Friday 8 March 2019.
Election day voting centres are appointed in locations where significant numbers of electors are enrolled and a full day of voting is appropriate. Voting centres on election day open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
A list of election day voting centres will be available closer to by election time.
It is compulsory for all people over 18yrs of age to vote in the by election.