Tuesday, September 4, is an important date if you care for your community. Of course most care about their community, but a prerequisite is that you must have the time and the skill set to be a councillor in your community.
Nominations for the next council elections open on Tuesday, September 4, and close 12 noon, Tuesday, September 18.
The performance of various councillors over the past four years has definitely polarised the communities they serve and some will stand for re-election and others will not.
Over the past four years members of the Yankalilla, Alexandrina and Victor Harbor communities have watched their elected members at work and in November will elect a new group of councillors.
If you think you have something to offer your community it is time to place your hand up and nominate to be a candidate on council.
The Chief Executive Officers (pictured) of the three councils are keen to see cultural, age and gender diversity to ensure a wide range of views are being represented during the next term of council.
Voting in the 2018 council elections will be via postal ballot, with ballot papers distributed in October and voting closing by 5pm Friday, November 9.
Candidate information sessions have already started with the City of Victor Harbor and District Council of Yankalilla holding a joint session on Wednesday, August 29.
The response was positive, as there seems genuine interest in what is happening in the Victor Harbor and Yankalilla communities.
Alexandrina Council will hold their sessions at the Goolwa Council Chambers on Wednesday, September 5, from 6pm to 9pm and at the Strathalbyn Library on Tuesday, September 11, from 6pm to 9pm.
Once you have attended the information session or have been motivated in another way to stand for council, nomination kits are available from the respective council you wish to represent.
All the details of what is required are in the nomination kits. It is an honour and privilege to represent your community, so it is important candidates are aware of the responsibility they take on.
Alexandrina Council mayor Keith Parkes is one man who knows no bounds when representing the community. He has nominated, with the support of his council, to be president of the State Local Government Association. We wish him all the best.