THERE’S been no official announcement yet, but make no mistake, there’s a lot of action going on behind the scenes in preparation for the return of an elected South Gippsland Shire Council in October 2021.
A number of names are being bandied around in each of the three wards; Strzelecki (taking in Korumburra), Tarwin Valley (including Leongatha and Mirboo North) and Coastal Promontory (including Venus Bay, Fish Creek, Foster, Toora and Welshpool), several of them community-connected, highly promising candidates.
But you’ll need to be aware of a number of important dates and requirements if you are considering running for office.
For one thing, you have to be enrolled on the voters’ roll for South Gippsland, applications for which will close 57 days out from the poll.
You’ll also be required to complete mandatory ‘Local Government Candidate Training’, which takes about one hour online through the VEC.
There are a few other conditions to be complied with, you can’t be bankrupt, you can’t have been convicted of an offence and you can’t be a shire employee or a councillor at some other shire, but virtually anyone over the age of 18 can run for the nine positions available.
But what the community wants to see is a clean sweep of the former council, sacked by the State Government over multiple issues of dysfunction.
So, what any councillor involved in the former regime will be doing the voters of South Gippsland a big favour if they simply don’t nominate for office at all.
Let’s make a clean break and start to restore community confidence that their elected representatives are working in their best interests and in the best interests of South Gippsland.