At its September Meeting, Golden Plains Shire Council adopted the updated Election Period Policy.
According to section 69 of the Local Government Act 2020, Council is mandated to adopt an Election Period policy. The updated policy reflects the dates of the upcoming 2024 election and incorporates minor adjustments to align with the Local Government Act 2020 and enhance overall governance.
The Golden Plains Shire community actively participated in a public consultation process by sharing their thoughts and suggestions on the proposed changes from 25 August 2023 to 22 September 2023.
Golden Plains Shire Council Mayor Cr Brett Cunningham said the adopted Election Period policy provides clear guidance and governance regarding the Council election process.
“This important policy outlines the procedures and guidelines for Council operations during election periods, ensuring Council can continue to conduct business throughout this period in a fair, transparent and equitable manner,” Cr Cunningham said.
“Community input on Council policies is vitally important, and we thank those who made a submission for helping us ensure we have a comprehensive and inclusive Election Period policy that truly represents the interests of our community.”
A copy of the updated Election Period Policy can be accessed online at goldenplains.vic.gov.au/consultations and at Council's Customer Hubs located at 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn, and The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale.