So you want to be a Councillor?

On Saturday 4 September 2021, 128 local councils in NSW will hold elections.

On Saturday 4 September 2021, 128 local councils in NSW will hold elections. To assist candidates to prepare, Clarence Valley Council is hosting Candidate Briefings. 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. 

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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

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