2024 Local Government Election

About the Election

There are 128 local government councils in NSW with each council represents a local government area. The NSW Electoral Commission will be conducting the elections for Port Macquarie Hastings Council on Saturday, 14 September 2024 for the election of Councillors. Port Macquarie Hastings Council will also be holding a mayoral election and a constitutional referendum relating to a reduction in Councillor numbers.

Voting is compulsory at all NSW local government elections and constitutional referendums.

For specific information relating to the 2024 Local Government elections please see this page on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Candidate Information Sessions

Council hosted candidate information sessions on 27 and 28 May 2024 2024 which were open to all potential candidates.

Council will be hosting a further candidate information session to encourage female representation in Local Government at the September 2024 Local Government elections on 6 July 2024 commencing at 10am until approximately 1pm. This session will be presented by the Australian Women in Local Government Association and will be open to women who are interested in representing their community in Local Government at the upcoming elections. There will be no cost associated in attending this session.

Registrations are essential.

Register Here

The NSW Electoral Commission are also providing on-line candidate information webinar. You can register to attend the webinars, or they can be viewed here.

Referendum

At the Ordinary Council meeting held in September 2023, Council resolved to hold a constitutional referendum at the September 2024 Local Government election to ask the community:

Do you favour a reduction in the number of Port Macquarie-Hastings Councillors from nine to seven, comprising the Mayor and six Councillors?

It is compulsory to vote in a constitutional referendum so you will be required to respond to this question when you vote. Should the majority of responses vote “Yes”, the number of Councillors will reduce from nine to seven, comprising the Mayor and six Councillors at the 2028 Local Government election. Should the majority of responses vote “No” the number of Councillors will remain at nine comprising the Mayor and eight Councillors.

An information sheet will be provided by Council on this page, listing arguments for and against a reduction in Councillor numbers closer to the election.


Candidate helpdesk

The NSW Electoral Commission provides a helpdesk for candidates to answer questions in relation to their candidature or election processes.

The Candidate helpdesk is operational Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and can be contacted by phone on 1300 022 011 or via email at candidates@elections.nsw.gov.au.


Non-Residential Rolls

There are two non-residential rolls:

  • the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land, and
  • the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees.

These two rolls are combined with the residential roll to form the roll of electors for a council area, which is used during an election. The residential roll is the list of people who live in the council area and are eligible to vote in elections

To be on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land you must be:

  • the sole owner of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the joint or several owners of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who own the rateable land, or
  • the lessee of the land from the Crown and the land is rateable Crown land.

To be on the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees you must be:

  • the sole occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the joint or several occupiers or ratepaying lessees of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who occupy or are the ratepaying lessee of the rateable land,

and have the legal right to occupy the land, or be responsible for paying all or part of the rates on the land for 3 years following the date you apply to be on the roll.

Each of the forms required to apply to be on the Non-Residential Roll are available here and must be submitted no later than 6pm Monday 5 August 2024 (attached). Further information can be found here.

Non-Residential Roll Individual Application.pdf(PDF, 166KB)

Non-Residential Roll Nominee Application.pdf(PDF, 198KB)


Check Your Enrolment

It is important to ensure that you are correctly enrolled to vote in the correct area. Electoral Rolls close 5 August 2024 so please ensure you check your enrolments with plenty of time before this date at the NSW Electoral Commission website below and update them if required, also included by a link below.

NSW Electoral Commission Check Your Enrolment

NSW Electoral Commission Update Your Enrolment