Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas said the
Department of Local Government and Planning is running a statewide
information program about the obligations and responsibilities of being a
councillor and how to nominate in local government elections.
Mr Lucas said the 'Intending Candidate Seminars' were being held in a range of locations across Queensland, including nine in South East Queensland for the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Redland, Logan Gold Coast, Ipswich and Lockyer councils.
"Queensland's local government elections in March 2012 will provide an opportunity for Queenslanders to take an active role in decision-making that affects local communities," Mr Lucas said.
"Local government elections play an important role in our democratic system, and these seminars are designed to provide information on how local government in Queensland works.
"This program is about providing intending candidates with the resources they need to make an informed choice about running for public office.
"It provides people with an understanding of the challenges of representing local communities and making informed decisions in the public interest.
"The program will be delivered by trained regional staff who can provide valuable insight into how councils operate and what it means to be a councillor."
Mr Lucas said there was no necessity for anyone intending to run for election to attend the seminars.
"They are a useful source of information not only for potential candidates, but also for people wanting to know more about the process of local government," he said.
The seminars are free to attend, but registration is essential.
Mr Lucas said the Bligh Government was serious about the role of local government in Queensland and the importance of quality candidates for local government elections.
"We will continue to assist councils, and the vibrant regions that make up the fabric of our great State, to become stronger and more sustainable in the future," he said.
"This government is committed to ensuring we have quality councillors to represent local communities."
To be eligible to stand for local government election as a councillor or mayor in Queensland you must:
• be an Australian citizen
• live in the local government's area
• be eligible to vote (you must live in a particular place for one month to be entitled to enrol at that address).
People interested in becoming a Councillor in South East Queensland are invited to attend seminars at:
• Sunshine Coast on 17 May 2011
• Moreton Bay on 18 May 2011
• Somerset on 19 May 2011
• Scenic Rim on 25 May 2011
• Redland on 31 May 2011
• Logan on 1 June 2011
• Gold Coast on 7 June 2011
• Ipswich on 21 June 2011
• Lockyer on 22 June 2011
For information on seminar locations and how to register visit www.dlgp.qld.gov.au/council-elections
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