District Council of Franklin Harbour - Area Councillor

Due to the resignation of a member of council, a supplementary election is necessary to fill the vacancy for Area Councillor. 

Timetable

Event Date
Roll close 5pm, Friday 29 November 2019
Opening of nominations Thursday 9 January 2020
Nominations close 12 noon, Thursday 23 January 2020
Dispatch of ballot material to electors Tuesday 4 February 2020 to Monday 10 February 2020
Close of voting (Polling Day) 12 noon, Monday 24 February 2020
Scrutiny and Count As soon as practicable after 12 noon, Monday 24 February 2020

Close of roll

The voters roll for this supplementary election closes at 5pm on Friday 29 November 2019.

You can check if you are on the state electoral roll online on the Australian Electoral Commission's website (external link). If you do not appear on the roll and are an Australian citizen aged 18 or over you should enrol immediately via the Australian Electoral Commission website (external link).

If you are not eligible to enrol on the state electoral roll you may still be entitled to enrol to vote if you own or occupy a property or are a resident non-Australian citizen. Contact the council to find out how on 8629 2019 or visit the District Council of Franklin Harbour (external link).

Nominating

Becoming a member of council is a great way to represent and help make a difference to your local community.

The nomination period for the vacancy of Area Councillor will open on Thursday 9 January 2020 and will close at 12 noon on Thursday 23 January 2020.

If you are interested in nominating, nomination kits will be available from the council office at 6 Main Street, Cowell.

A candidate briefing session will be held for intending candidates with a date to be confirmed closer to the event.

General information and resources about nominating for council is also available on our resources for council candidates webpage.

District Council of Yankalilla - Light Ward

Due to the resignation of a member of council, a supplementary election is necessary to fill the vacancy for Ward Councillor for Light Ward. 

Timetable

Event Date
Roll close 5pm, Friday 29 November 2019
Opening of nominations Thursday 9 January 2020
Nominations close 12 noon, Thursday 23 January 2020
Dispatch of ballot material to electors Tuesday 4 February 2020 to Monday 10 February 2020
Close of voting (Polling Day) 12 noon, Monday 24 February 2020
Scrutiny and Count As soon as practicable after 12 noon, Monday 24 February 2020

Close of roll

The voters roll for this supplementary election closes at 5pm on Friday 29 November 2019.

You can check if you are on the state electoral roll online on the Australian Electoral Commission's website (external link). If you do not appear on the roll and are an Australian citizen aged 18 or over you should enrol immediately via the Australian Electoral Commission website (external link).

If you are not eligible to enrol on the state electoral roll you may still be entitled to enrol to vote if you own or occupy a property or are a resident non-Australian citizen. Contact the council to find out how on 8558 0200 or visit the District Council of Yankalilla (external link).

Nominating

Becoming a member of council is a great way to represent and help make a difference to your local community.

The nomination period for the vacancy of Ward Councillor for Light Ward will open on Thursday 9 January 2020 and will close at 12 noon on Thursday 23 January 2020.

If you are interested in nominating, nomination kits will be available from the council office at 1 Charles Street, Yankalilla.

A candidate briefing session will be held for intending candidates with a date to be confirmed closer to the event.

General information and resources about nominating for council is also available on our resources for council candidates webpage.

Coober Pedy poll background information

The District Council of Coober Pedy has determined to hold polls regarding the continuation of the period of administration, the sale of council’s electricity and water assets, and the setting of municipal rate levels. There are four questions, each with a separate ballot paper which includes background information. The four questions are as follows:

Question 1

Do you support the Council conducting a poll of electors on every occasion when it proposes to increase municipal rates by more than CPI?


Background
The reason for asking this question is that voters should decide if they wish to retain the right to approve certain increases in municipal (Council) rates. 

The Council is required to prepare an annual business plan which amongst other things sets out the proposed Council services and the associated Council rates to fund them. The Council is also required to consult with the community about the proposed annual business plan and to consider feedback. The Council is not required to act on the feedback. 

Supporting this proposal would mean that in future there would be a clear expectation that the Council could only increase Council rates by more than the movement in the consumer price index (CPI) with the approval of voters. 

Not supporting this proposal would mean the Council could increase Council rates by any amount after consulting the community. 

A poll of electors costs about $13,000 to conduct.

The case for voting yes

  • It would allow the voters to have a much stronger role in the control of Council rates.

The case for voting no

  • It would allow the Council to increase Council rates by whatever amount it considers appropriate after consulting the community.
  • It would save the cost of conducting the poll.

Question 2

Do you support the Council selling its electricity assets and business to the State Government should it be financially sensible to do so?


Background
The reason for asking this question is that voters should decide whether to sell a significant community asset which provides an essential service. 

The asset is valued at around $5 million by the Council. The assets and business would only be sold if it made financial sense to do so. 

Currently the Council recovers all costs associated with providing electricity due to a significant subsidy paid by the State Government. In addition to recovering costs the Council also receives an acceptable return on its investment. 

The State Government funding is reviewed periodically. It is unlikely that the State Government would cease the funding although this cannot be ruled out. 

Electricity prices reflect prices payable elsewhere in the State.

From a financial perspective the Council does not need to sell the electricity assets and business. 

However, the Auditor-General’s Examination of the Council found that the operational risk associated with a small Council operating an essential service was significant. 

It is extremely unusual for a Council in South Australia to provide electricity. The only other Council in South Australia to do so is Roxby Downs. 

The proceeds of any sale would be used to pay down the Council’s current gross debt of approximately $9 million. The assets and business would only be sold if the cost to electricity consumers was guaranteed to be the same as or near to Adelaide prices. 

If the assets and business are not sold they could continue to be operated by either the Council itself, a Council contractor or they could be leased to another operator. This would require the agreement of the State Government if the funding was to continue.

The case for voting yes

  • It would eliminate the risk of running an essential service.
  • It would reduce Council debt.
  • It would allow the Council to focus on usual Council services.

The case for voting no

  • It would allow the community to retain the control of an essential service.

Question 3

Do you support the Council selling its water assets and business to the State Govern-ment should it be financially sensible to do so?


Background
The reason for asking this question is that voters should decide whether to sell a significant community asset which provides an essential service. 

The asset is valued at around $8 million by the Council. The proposed sale includes the Council’s sew-erage assets. The assets and business would only be sold if it made financial sense to do so. 

The Council does not currently recover all costs associated with providing water services and receives no net financial return on its investment. Water revenue would need to increase by $250,000 to recover costs and a further $450,000 to receive an acceptable return on its investment.

The system has not been well maintained by the Council and needs significant renewal at a cost of ap-proximately $10 million. This would need to be financed from new debt which would be serviced and recovered from water charges.

The Auditor-General’s Examination of the Council found that the operational risk associated with a small Council operating an essential service was significant. 

Very few Councils in South Australia own and operate their own water businesses. The majority of water and wastewater services are owned and operated by SA Water. 

The proceeds of any sale would be used to pay down the Council’s current gross debt of approximately $9 million. 

The assets and business would only be sold if the cost of water to consumers was guaranteed to be the same as or near to statewide SA Water prices. 

If the assets and business are not sold they would continue to be operated by either the Council itself, a Council contractor or they could be leased to another operator. 

If the community decides not to sell the water assets and business, a subsidy for water in line with electricity will continue to be sought from the State Government to ensure water can be delivered at statewide SA Water prices.

The case for voting yes

  • It would eliminate the risk of running an essential service.
  • It would reduce Council debt.
  • It would allow the Council to focus on usual Council services.
  • It would avoid incurring further debt to replace the ageing water system. 
The case for voting no
  • It would allow the community to retain control of an essential service.

Question 4

Do you support the term of administration of the Council being continued until the next scheduled general election for the Council in November 2022?

Background
The reason for asking the question is that the answer will help inform the Minister for Local Government regarding whether the State Government should extend the period of administration should the Parliament give it the power to do so. 

In January 2019 the Governor declared the Council a defaulting Council under the Local Government Act. The maximum period of administration under the current legislation is twelve months. 

The decision was based on the findings of the Ombudsman that the Council had committed “one of the most serious examples of maladministration” he had seen. There was also an examination by the Auditor-General into the governance of the Council which found there were multiple significant failings in how the Council was run.

One question that has arisen is whether a maximum period of twelve months is sufficient to fix problems of this magnitude. 

The role of the Administrator is to take the place of the elected Council. The Administrator is not the CEO. It is good governance practice to separate the role of the Administrator and the CEO. The Administrator role is currently a full time one. The total cost - salary, superannuation, vehicle, accommodation and travel - for the first year is $255,000. This amount is paid by the Council.

It is envisaged that should the period of administration continue the role would reduce to a half time role at some time in the second year due to the reducing requirements of the role. The total annual cost would be approximately $135,000. If the elected Council is reinstated the total allowances payable to the Mayor and Councillors would be $73,000 per year. 

Roxby Downs Council is the other Council in South Australia to have an Administrator. As the Council is in good financial shape and it is operating effectively, it has a part time Administrator who works one week a month. 

It is also understood that if the State Government amends the Local Government Act to allow for an extension of the period of administration an additional amendment to the Act would be sought to provide that suspended Councillors do not receive their allowance while suspended.

The case for voting yes

  • It would allow the Administrator time to complete the job, particularly in respect of the Council’s long term financial sustainability and improved governance.
  • It would allow the Administrator to make the necessary arrangements for the return of a properly functioning elected Council.

The case for voting no

  • It would provide a clear message to the Minister that the voters want the return of an elected Council.
  • It would be cheaper if an elected Council was reinstated.

District Council of Robe candidate profiles

Profiles for each of the three candidates are in the same order as their names appear on the ballot paper. This information has been provided by the candidates and neither the Returning Officer nor the District Council of Robe take responsibility or bear liability for the content contained within. 

 LYNCH RHODES Brenton Photo

LYNCH-RHODES Brenton

I am passionate about the environment, community and aged care. If elected to Council these are a few of the initiatives I would like to become involved in. Strategic planning of the industrial commercial area allowing for future business growth. The development of a retirement, lifestyle village, enabling families to stay within the community. A standalone, sustainable power grid, networking existing solar, along with other methods including potential wind and wave technology. I have no vested commercial interest and if elected to Council my only interest is in maintaining and improving on what we already enjoy in Robe. I come with a background in engineering, project management, and more recently small business and tourism. I am passionate about seeing sustainable growth for Robe in the environment, financial and community sectors. I am approachable and open to discuss any concerns residents may have on 0403 867 901.

Contact Details: brentonandkem@gmail.com

 

 BAKER Mark Andrew Photo

BAKER Mark Andrew

I have been a resident of Robe for 37 years, have four children and live with my partner Marsha Chappel. I have operated two businesses employing local people. My current civil construction business has had a long involvement with local government over the last 30 years contracting to numerous local councils where I have gained a unique insight into council operations, which I feel would be valuable in the role of a councilor. I have been involved with a number of community groups, beginning with the CFS in 1983, Robe Council, Councillor, Robe Primary School Governing Council, Robe Motor Sports, President Robe Junior Football, 12 years on the Robe Community Bank Board including 5 years as Chairman. I have sponsored and supported various Robe community events. One of my goals would be to see the Robe Council become carbon neutral asap.

Contact Details: 0409 677 084

 

 KILNER Ross Photo

KILNER Ross

For those that don't know me, I am sure you have looked up and seen a Tigermoth vintage aircraft joy riding tourists around town for many years now. From this perspective I have watched Robe expand and grow. I would like this opportunity to represent residents who feel there is a need to maintain a balance between making Robe the perfect holiday destination while respecting the town's origins. If elected my main goals on council will be to support and promote attractions during the quiet months while creating benefits for the town derived from the peak period.

Contact Details: 0419 009 442

 

District Council of Grant - Central Ward

Due to the resignation of a member of council, a supplementary election is necessary to fill the vacancy for Councillor.

Timetable

Event Date
Roll close 5pm, Monday 30 September 2019
Opening of nominations Thursday 24 October 2019
Nominations close 12 noon, Thursday 7 November 2019
Dispatch of ballot material to electors Tuesday 19 November 2019 to Monday 25 November 2019
Close of voting (Polling Day) 12 noon, Monday 9 December 2019
Scrutiny and count Tuesday 10 December 2019

Nominations received

View a draw for the order on the ballot paper (7 November)

At the close of nominations at 12 noon on Thursday 7 November 2019 the following people were accepted as candidates and are listed in the order in which they will appear on the ballot paper.

 NEWMAN, Jason

 DUNCAN, Peter

 FERGUSON, Adrian

 

Close of roll

The voters roll for this supplementary election closed at 5pm on Monday 30 September 2019.

You can check if you are on the state electoral roll online on the Australian Electoral Commission's website (external link). If you do not appear on the roll and are an Australian citizen aged 18 or over you should enrol immediately via the Australian Electoral Commission website (external link).

If you are not eligible to enrol on the state electoral roll you may still be entitled to enrol to vote if you own or occupy a property or are a resident non-Australian citizen.  Contact the Council to find out how on 08 8721 0444 or visit the District Council of Grant (external link).

Nominating

Becoming a member of council is a great way to represent and help make a difference to your local community.

The nomination period for the vacancy of Councillor for the Central Ward opened on Thursday 24 October 2019 and will close at 12 noon on Thursday 7 November 2019.

If you are interested in nominating, nomination kits are available at the Council Chamber, 324 Commercial Street West, Mount Gambier.

A candidate briefing session will be held at 4:45pm on Monday 4 November 2019 at the Council Chambers.

For more information about nominating, contact the District Council of Grant on 08 8721 0444 or visit the council's website (external link).

General information and resources about nominating for council is also available on our resources for council candidates webpage.

Mail out of voting material

 Voting material will be mailed to electors between Tuesday 19 November 2019 and Monday 25 November 2019. To be accepted, ballot papers must be completed and returned no later than 12 noon, Monday 9 December 2019.

A ballot box will be located at the Council Chambers for electors who wish to personally deliver their completed voting material during office hours.


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