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Collier Ward By-Election

The Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Adem Somyurek MP, has fixed Saturday 30 March 2019 as the date for an election to fill an extraordinary vacancy in Collier Ward of Knox City Council

The vacancy arose following the resignation of former Councillor Jackson Taylor.

Voting

Council has resolved that the election will be held by attendance voting. Voting will take place on Saturday 30 March 2019 at locations to be advertised in the coming weeks.

Alternatively, you can vote early or apply to vote by post from Wednesday 27 February 2019.

Am I enrolled to vote?

To be eligible to vote at the 2019 Collier Ward By-Election, you need to be enrolled by 4pm, on Friday, 1 February 2019.

Voting is compulsory if you are enrolled to vote subject to some exemptions under the Local Government Act 1989.

You are already enrolled to vote if:

  • You will be 18 years of age or over on 30 March 2019 AND
  • You live in Collier Ward and are on the Victorian State roll for your present address; OR
  • You own property within Collier Ward but don't live in the City of Knox

You may also be on the roll for this by-election if you enrolled directly with Knox City Council for the October 2016 elections or if you pay rates for a residence or corporation in the City of Knox.

You need to enrol if:

  • You are an Australian citizen aged 18 or over on Saturday 30 March 2019 AND
  • You live in Collier Ward and you are not on the State electoral roll OR
  • You have lived at your present residential address within Collier Ward for at least a month and have not updated your enrolment details, including any changes to your postal address.

How do I enrol?

Enrol online at vec.vic.gov.au or pick up a form at any post office or Australian Electoral Commission office and return it to the Victorian Electoral Commission before 4pm on Friday 1 February 2019.

Enrolment closed at 4pm on Friday 1 February 2019

You may also apply to enrol if:

  • You are not an Australian citizen, but you live and pay rates in Collier Ward OR
  • You pay rates on a property you occupy in Collier Ward and have no other voting entitlement within the City of Knox, e.g. you are a shop tenant and are either named on the Council's rates record to receive the rates notice or have the written consent of the owner to vote in their place OR
  • You are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates in Collier Ward and have no other voting entitlement in Knox.

If you meet the above criteria and wish to enrol, contact Knox City Council on 9298 8210 for a special enrolment form.

How can I check my enrolment?

If you are an Australian citizen who lives in Collier Ward you can check your enrolment details online at vec.vic.gov.au at any time, or call 1300 805 478.

If you are not an Australian citizen or you are a non-resident, contact the Council on 9298 8210.

Failure to vote

People are required to vote at Council elections held for the municipality in which they have their principal place of residence. Failure to vote will attract a penalty.

If you are enrolled as an absentee ratepayer, voting in the municipality where you do not live is not compulsory.

Prospective Candidates

If you are interested in standing as a candidate at the forthcoming election, nominations will open on Thursday, 21 February and close at 12 noon on Tuesday, 26 February 2019.

To be eligible to nominate you need to be entitled to be on the electoral roll anywhere in the municipality.

There will be a Candidate Information Session to provide community members and prospective candidates information about:

  • the role and purpose of local government;\
  • Councillors roles, responsibilities and expectations;
  • The Knox municipality and its key strengths and challenges; and
  • The electoral process.

When: Wednesday 20 February 2019, 7pm – 9pm.
Where: Knox Civic Centre, Room 2, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South.

Councillors play an important role in shaping the future of their city. To assist prospective candidates in understanding the role of local government and that of Councillor, there are a number of online resources available which you can access by clicking on the links below.

If you have any questions about these sessions or Council elections more generally, please contact Andrew Dowling – Coordinator Governance on 9298 8111 or email Andrew.dowling@knox.vic.gov.au

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