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Council elections

Council structure

The four wards of Tarrengower, Coliban, Calder and Loddon River comprise one Councillor each, elected under the preferential voting system. The Castlemaine ward elects three Councillors under the proportional representation system of voting. All Councillors are elected by voters to govern the whole Shire.

The next general election will be held on 24 October 2020.

Tarrengower Ward By-election - voting closes 16 February 2018

A by-election for Tarrengower Ward will be held in February 2018. It will be conducted entirely by postal voting.

If you were correctly enrolled by 4.00 pm on Friday 15 December 2017 you will be sent a ballot pack between Tuesday 30 January and Thursday 1 February 2018.

When you receive your ballot pack you must complete your ballot paper, and return it as soon as possible using the reply paid envelope. Alternatively, you may hand-deliver your completed ballot material to the election office during business hours from Monday 12 February 2018.

Completed ballot material must be posted or in the hands of the Returning Officer by 6.00 pm on Friday 16 February 2018, when voting closes.

For more information including important dates and candidate nominations please visit the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

Candidate nominations

Candidate nominations open on Thursday 11 January 2018 and close at 12 noon on Tuesday 16 January 2018.

You should attend the candidate information session if you are interested in becoming a candidate. The session will be held at 6.00 pm on Monday 8 January 2018 at the Council Chamber, Mount Alexander Civic Centre, 27 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine.

Candidate Information Kits containing nomination forms and other election information will be available at this session.

Council general election 2016

Mount Alexander Shire Council conducted its election held on 22 October 2016 by postal voting, it was conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission. The results were declared at 10.00 am on Wednesday 2 November 2016, at the Civic Centre.

All Councillors took the oath of office and made a declaration to abide by the Councillors Code of Conduct at a Special Meeting on 8 November 2016.

Calder Ward
Tony Cordy (unopposed)

Castlemaine Ward
Bronwen Machin (1st elected)
Robin Taylor (2nd elected)
Tony Bell (3rd elected)

Coliban Ward
Christine Henderson

Loddon River Ward
John Nieman (unopposed)

Tarrengower Ward
Sharon Telford

Castlemaine Ward Countback - 20 November 2017

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) conducted a countback to fill the extraordinary vacancy for the Castlemaine Ward at 11.00 am on 20 November 2017. The successful candidate did not complete a Declaration of Eligibility within 48 hours of the Countback and was therefore not declared as Councillor.

The VEC conducted a second countback in the Council Chamber at 11.30 am on 22 November 2017 in the Mount Alexander Shire Civic Centre, corner Lloyd and Lyttleton Streets, Castlemaine. Dave Petrusma was successful, and following his signing of the Declaration of Eligibility, was declared elected by the VEC at 2.00 pm that afternoon.

Councillor Petrusma signed the Oath of Office and made a declaration to abide by the Councillor Code of Conduct before the Chief Executive Officer on Friday 24 November 2017.

Election campaign returns

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, each candidate in the election must give an election campaign donation return to the Chief Executive Officer, within 40 days after election day. The due date for campaign donation returns was 1 December 2016.

The return gives details of any gifts received by the candidate, or on behalf of the candidate, during the election period used for or in connection with the election campaign. This includes goods or services.

The CEO must ensure a summary of returns from all candidates is posted on the Council's website by 15 December 2016.

These summaries must contain:

• The name of each candidate who has lodged a return
• If a gift is included in the return, the name of the person who made the gift
• The total market value of the gift(s) received.

A summary of an election campaign donation return must be made available on Council's internet website until the entitlement date for the next general election.

Campaign Donation Return summary - General Election 2016

Candidate Name Name of person who made the gift Total market value of gifts received
Anthony Glenn Cordy No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
Robin Kenneth Taylor No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
Chris Cole No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
Max Bert Lesser No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
Bronwen Machin * Australian Greens Victoria $1,363.10 * Australian Greens Victoria - Mount Alexander Branch $1,606.86 * Bronwen Machin $2,300.00 $5269.96
Jay Smith * Australian Greens Victoria $566.69 * Australian Greens Victoria - Mount Alexander Branch $1,606.86 * Elizabeth Rouch $600.00 * Tom Timpe $500.00 $3273.55
Anthony Roy Bell No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
Michael John Reeves No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
William Howard Bayliss No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
Christine Henderson No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
John Charles Neiman No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
Sharon Louise Telford No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
Susan Mayfair No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
David John Petrusma No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable
Stephen William Gardner No disclosable gifts received. Not applicable

Voting is compulsory

If you are required to vote, and you don’t vote, and you are not excused, you will be fined.

If you don’t pay the fine, and you are not excused from paying the fine, you will be prosecuted. (All apparent non-voters will be issued with an Apparent Failure to Vote Notice before they are deemed to have committed an offence. If a person fails to respond to the Apparent Failure to Vote Notice, or they provide an insufficient response, an Infringement Notice will be issued carrying a fine of $77.50. Additional prescribed costs and court costs may be added if the fine is not paid before the due date.)

Following changes to the Local Government Act 1989, compulsory voting enforcement is entirely the responsibility of the VEC. Councils are unable to influence enforcement decisions.

All enquiries in relation to non-voter notices must be referred to the VEC.

If a compulsory voting matter has been forwarded to the Infringements Court, the person should contact the Infringements Court to discuss the offence. The VEC cannot consider matters once they have been referred to the Infringements Court. The VEC will provide councils with the lodgement schedule to assist in knowing when matters have been referred to the Infringements Court.

Election Period - 20 September to 22 October 2016.

A register of all information requests from candidates was published by Council, in accordance with the Election Period Policy.

The Election Period Policy outlines what business Council can, and cannot, undertake during the Period. See here for more details.

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