• Tony Bosworth

Hawkesbury Council elections due in September – if you want to be a candidate start here…

Local council elections come around this September, a year after they should have been called. The delay is down to Covid and the State government’s desire to not hold elections in the midst of what could have been a big epidemic.

That meant that while a new Mayor was voted in – Liberal councillor Patrick Conolly – for a year, sitting councillors remained.

This September 4 all council seats in the Hawkesbury will be up for grabs as polls open.

If you’d like to be a candidate, the NSW Electoral Commission is holding a series of online candidate information webinars in the lead-up to the election.

The first webinar is on Tuesday, April 27 and will be an overview of the elections. That webinar will be repeated two days later on Thursday, April 29.

On Tuesday, May 11, another webinar on election funding and disclosure will be broadcast.

And from June, more webinars which cover a range of election processes will be held.

Register by clicking the date of the webinar you would like to attend: Time / Date Subject 11am, Tuesday 27 April Candidate information 6pm, Thursday 29 April Candidate information (repeated) 6pm, Tuesday 11 May Election funding and disclosure Visit the NSW Electoral Commission’s website for more information on the elections. The webinars will be recorded so if you can’t join on the day a recording will be made available soon after each webinar.

Hawkesbury Council’s current councillor line-up consists of:

Four Liberal councillors – Mayor Patrick Conolly, Nathan Zamprogno, Tiffany Tree and Sarah Richards.

Two Labour councillors – Barry Calvert and Amanda Kotlash.

Greens councillor Danielle Wheeler. Independents - Deputy Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett, Emma-Jane Garrow, Pete Reynolds, Paul Rasmussen and John Ross.

None of the current councillors have so far publicly confirmed if they will be running – or not - for election in September, but we will of course keep you updated when we know more.

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