Council hosts candidates night

THINKING of standing in the 2012 local government elections this September?

Tthere are certain things you need to know about being a Councillor - for example, you will be expected to use an iPad and attend night meetings.

Lismore City Council feels it's important that candidates know exactly what the job entails and based on a 'no surprises principle' has organised a comprehensive candidates information night on Tuesday, June 5.

The session will be presented by local government expert Gerry Holmes, who has worked with the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW since 1993 and is also a legal consultant to the United Nations Development Program on the reform of local government.

Throughout his career he has worked with more than 80 local government councils as well as the Advisory Council for Inter-governmental Relations, the National Office of Local Government, Australian Centre for Local Government Studies, and the University of Canberra.

Mr Holmes has a reputation for presenting interesting and informative workshops and his Lismore presentation will feature topics such as skills and knowledge needed to be an effective Councillor; Council's Charter; Council services and functions; where do councils get their money; what is expected of a Councillor; local community leadership - the challenge; role of the General Manager; role of Council staff; Code of Conduct; remuneration for Councillors; and information on the process of standing for election.

Lismore City Council staff will also give short presentations on topics specific to Lismore such as electronic business processes (emails, calendars, business papers), the Community Strategic Plan and Council finances.

Attendees can also ask questions and take home a range of handouts on the night.

The candidates information night will be held at the Lismore City Council Chambers in Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah, on Tuesday, June 5 from 6pm.

People wishing to nominate for the local governments elections have until midday on Wednesday, August 8.

For more information phone Council's Customer Contact Centre on 1300 87 83 87.

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