Councils have a significant impact on the lives of all Tasmanians, enabling the economic, social and cultural development of the community, supporting individuals and groups, and providing a wide range of services for the wellbeing of the community.
Councillors play a vital leadership role, working together to create and implement their community’s vision, strategic direction and the values within which they operate.
Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors are all elected for four-year terms. Mayors and Deputy Mayors are popularly elected.
The next Council elections will be held during October 2018.
By voting you can help influence what sort of place your community will be. It is about your future so vote for the representative(s) you want. Talk to other people you know and encourage them to vote too.
Almost everyone over 18, living, owning or leasing property in a Council area can be eligible to vote.
· You can vote if you are on the State electoral role and are resident in the Council area (you don’t have to own a property).
· You can vote if you own or manage property in the Council area but are not resident, but you need to complete an enrolment form for owners/occupiers or corporate bodes.
You must be enrolled by Thursday 13th September. Polling is conducted by post from 9 October to 10am Tuesday 30 October.
Standing as a candidate
Whether you are a resident, property owner or business operator, becoming a Local Government councillor can be the most direct and rewarding way to contribute to your local community.
Standing for election provides you with a great opportunity to influence the future direction of the local community and help those who require support. It can be daunting and time consuming, but also rewarding. Councils are complex and vibrant organisations that require talented and dedicated individuals to participate in making the decisions that count. It is an important decision.
The Nomination period for candidates closes at noon on Monday 25th September.
Elections are conducted by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC). Information on dates and for those considering standing as a candidate is available from the TEC.
The Local Government Association of Tasmania has produced a range of resources including presentations and a handbook for candidates, Becoming a Councillor which are available here.
The current provisions under the West Tamar Interim Planning Scheme 2013 state that Election Signs means a temporary sign for a political candidate(s) or registered political party(s) for a Federal, State or Municipal election that:
a) does not exceed 1.5 square metres; and
b) is erected after the writs for election are issued; and
c) is removed within 7 days after the date of polling; and
e) does not exceed 1 per site; and
f) is not on public land.
Please note Council will remove signs that are on public land and we will remove signs if there are more than one sign per property. A double side sign is still regarded as a single sign.