VOTE: Local Government elections will be held on September 10.
VOTE: Local Government elections will be held on September 10. Mike Richards GLA170216BALLOT

Candidates emerge in Bello, Nambucca as elections loom

CANDIDATES in the running for the upcoming local government elections are emerging in the Bellingen and Nambucca shires.

Sitting Nambucca Mayor Rhonda Hoban has confirmed she will stand for re-election on September 10.

Cr John Ainsworth, the current deputy, will also stand for mayor.

Crs Hoban and Ainsworth secured first preferences at the last mayoral election in 2012, with Cr Hoban receiving 69.8% of the vote to Cr Ainsworth’s 30.2%.

Current Nambucca councillors Martin Ballangarry, Brian Finlayson and Elaine South have also confirmed their intentions to re-contest their positions at the ballot box.

Cr Paula Flack has announced she will not stand, citing a focus on environmental work as a factor in her decision.

Undecided at this stage are Crs Kim MacDonald, Bob Morrison, and Anne Smyth.

In Bellingen, standing Mayor Mark Troy has announced he will not stand for re-election, having served three terms over a period of 12-and-a-half years.

Crs Garry Carter, Desmae Harrison and Dominic King have confirmed they will re-contest, but Cr Gordon Manning has announced his decision to stand down.

Cr David Scott and the current deputy mayor Cr Steve Klipin have been approached by the Advocate but could not be reached before this edition went to print.

Eight councillors and one mayor will be elected in the Nambucca Shire and six councillors and one mayor in Bellingen.

People wishing to stand for council have until August 10 to register.

Fast facts

Local government elections this year are held on September 10.

It is compulsory for Australian citizens 18 years or older to vote.

The penalty for not voting is $55.

There is no absent voting so you must vote at a polling place or pre-poll.

Pre-polling opens August 29 and closes September 9.

Postal voting, by application, closes September 5.