Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ'S)Q: What is a councillor?
A councillor is a democratically elected individual.State and Federal government have MP’s (members of parliament) who represent the nation and state, however, local government has ‘Councillors’ and a ‘Mayor’ who represent a region or town, also known as a municipality.
Q: How many councillors are there?
The City of Greater Bendigo is currently governed by 9 councillors (one of which takes on the Mayor role each year).
Q: What is the role of a councillor?
A councillor's primary role is to represent their ward or division and the people who live in it. They do this by engaging with their electorate and representing them, often through voting at meetings and community events. Other elements include community leadership, participation in decision making and bridging the gap between the Community and the Local Council itself.
Q: What do you stand for?
I stand for the principles of equality, fairness, support of small business and as a voice for young citizens. I am passionate about seeing change in the areas of CBD parking for workers, Hargreaves Mall, Mental Health and Small Business and Innovation.Q: What is the Eppalock Ward?
The local government electorate of Bendigo is split into three main areas/wards: Eppalock, Lockwood and Whipstick. Eppalock Ward is one of three wards in the Greater Bendigo municipality. It is located in the east of the municipality and is 1,173 square kilometres in size. It includes the localities of Argyle, Axe Creek, Axedale, Bendigo, Costerfield, Derrinal, East Bendigo, Emu Creek, Eppalock, Flora Hill, Heathcote, Junortoun, Kennington, Kimbolton, Knowsley, Ladys Pass, Longlea, Lyal, Mia Mia, Mount Camel, Myrtle Creek, Redcastle, Redesdale, Strathdale, Strathfieldsaye, and Tooleen.
Q: Which ward do I live in?
To find out, click on this link:https://maps.vec.vic.gov.auQ: When are the elections and how do I vote?The elections occur every four years. The next election will occur in October 2020.
The City of Greater Bendigo’s 2020 election will be a postal vote. This entails everyone who is registered to vote in the electorate being mailed out election information, a ballot paper and a envelope to return your vote.
You will have approximately 2-3 weeks from receiving your ballot to voting and mailing it back. Voting is compulsory.
Here are some key dates:
September 17: Nominations open
September 22: Nominations close
October 23: Close of postal voting
October 24: Election Day
November 23: Official declaration
Q: How can I support you?
There are a number of ways you can support me. Please contact me via email, phone or social media to find out how you can become involved.