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Clarence Valley Council

50 River Street

Maclean, NSW 2463

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To assist candidates to prepare, Clarence Valley Council is hosting Councillor Candidate Briefings.

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On Saturday 4 September 2020, 128 local councils in NSW will hold elections. The briefing will assist anyone interested in becoming a Councillor to gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an elected member of Council. 

To assist candidates to prepare, Clarence Valley Council is hosting Candidate Briefings.

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12 July 1.00 – 4.00pm Grafton Regional Art Gallery, 158 Fitzroy St 

12 July 5.30 – 8.30pm Grafton Regional Art Gallery, 158 Fitzroy St 

15 July 5.30 – 8.30pm Clarence Valley Council, 50 River St, Maclean

Meet our presenter Jenny Dowell

Jenny Dowell OAM was the directly elected Mayor of Lismore City Council from 2008-2016. Prior to her two four year mayoral terms, Jenny was a Councillor having been first elected in 2004.   In 2016 she conducted both candidate briefings, Elected Life and the UTS/LGNSW Executive Certificate for elected members (a UTS & LGNSW program collaboration). 

Jenny has been a Mayoral Mentor with LGNSW since her retirement in 2016. 

Before her entry into local government, Jenny was a teacher of deaf and hearing impaired children and heavily involved in community organisations’

The briefing aims to enable those interested in becoming a councillor to gain a better understanding of the role and responsibilities held as an elected member of council. The content will include: 

•    The benefits and importance of Local Government 

•    Understanding the role of Council and the role of the Councillor

•    A typical council structure

•    Challenges of the role and how to meet them

•    The importance of diverse representation on Council

•    Importance of speaking out on key issues and how to do this confidently

•    Meeting procedures and rules of debate

•    Support available including information and networks

•    Introduction to local government jargon and what it means

•    Putting it together: making the commitment

External links for information:

Office of Local Government NSW

NSW Electoral Commission  

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