Alexandrina Council urges community members to nominate for vacant councillor position

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Passionate members of the Alexandrina community, who are willing to act as a voice for residents of the Angas Bremer Ward, are encouraged to nominate for a vacant councillor position.

Nominations for the Angas Bremer Ward councillor role will officially open on Thursday, September 28, for a two-week period, concluding on Thursday, 12 October.

The supplementary election was required following the resignation of councillor Katherine Stanley-Murray in July.

There will also be a candidate briefing session held on Thursday, September 28 at 6pm at the Strathalbyn Library and Community Centre.

The session will provide potential candidates with detailed information, nomination kits and the opportunity to ask questions about what to expect in the role of a councillor.

Alexandrina Council mayor Keith Parkes urged interested members of the Angas Bremer community, along with residents of the wider Alexandrina area, to consider nominating for the supplementary election.

“I encourage anyone that has previously contemplated representing their community as a councillor to give this opportunity consideration,” Mr Parkes said. 

“Nominations can come from anywhere in our Council district.”

“The role of a Councillor is to act as the community’s voice.

“Councillors represent the community’s vision as well as local issues in the aim to encourage and achieve positive community change.

“Being a member of council is a privileged role and one of the most direct ways you can influence decisions to affect the quality of life in your area.

“It is such a rewarding and fulfilling experience.”

The largest in the Alexandrina region by area, the Angas Bremer Ward covers approximately 1240 square kilometres, including the townships of Milang, Clayton Bay, Ashbourne, Langhorne Creek and Finniss.

Councillor Barry Featherston is the other current representative of the Angas Bremer Ward.

Following the nomination period, the Electoral Commission of South Australia will mail out postal ballots from October 24 to 30, with the official scrutiny and count to be held November 13 at the Strathalbyn Library and Community Centre from 1pm.

The successful candidate will serve the Angas Bremer Ward until the general local government elections of November 2018.

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