Voters head to the polls this Saturday

Candidates for the 2021 Council election.

Local council elections are this Saturday where voters will head to their nearest polling place to have a say on who should be on the next Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council.

Twelve candidates are vying for nine seats. They are:

Les Boyd (Cootamundra)

Leigh Bowden (Cootamundra)

Logan Collins (Cootamundra)

David Ferguson (Gundagai)

Trevor Glover (Coolac)

David Graham (Adjungbilly)

Maxine Hayes (Gundagai)

Gil Kelly (Cootamundra)

Abb McAlister (Gundagai)

Penny Nicholson (Gundagai)

Charlie Sheahan (Cootamundra)

Rosalind Wight (Cootamundra)

Polling places in the Gundagai district include: Tumblong War Memorial Hall, Gundagai South Public School, Gundagai High School and Coolac Memorial Hall. 

Voting centres will be open from 8am to 6pm on Saturday.

Pre-polling is currently available at the Gundagai council administration building, from 9am to 5pm, until December 3.

Technology assisted voting, or iVote, will also be available until election day and will operate in the same way it does for State elections. Information on iVote can be found at: www.elections.nsw.gov.au/Voters/Online-voting-iVote

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Government said it had no choice but to postpone elections to December 4 to ensure the health and safety of voters, candidates and election staff. The decision was based on advice from NSW Health and the NSW Electoral Commission.

Voters are reminded absentee voting is not available at local government elections, and they must vote in their local government area or ward.

John Schmidt, NSW Electoral Commissioner, said voting is compulsory for all enrolled electors and there are penalties for not voting.

All polling places will be run in line with COVID-safe election guidelines including physical distancing, mask wearing, single-use pens and queue management. Signage and staff will direct voters to check in and comply with NSW Health advice.

“Voter safety is paramount, as is ensuring every eligible elector in NSW has a chance to have their voice heard,” Mr Schmidt said.

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