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2017 NSW Local Government Election – Maitland City Council

 

Not all Councils had elections in 2017; those that did – had their Elections on Saturday 09 September 2017.

Australian Election Company assisted in the management and conduct of the Election for Maitland City Council which was held on Saturday 09 September 2017.

 

2017 Election Results Declared

The declaration of the election report can be accessed from this link.

The detailed election results can be accessed from this link for Maitland City Council as they become available.

 

Other Councils that had Elections on 09 September 2017 were managed by Electoral Commission, New South Wales.

For Maitland City Council the Notice of Contested Election listing the Candidates, pre-poll locations and opening times, and the polling locations on election day are provided below.

The Returning Officers contact details are:

Kevin Short.

Heritage Room, Maitland Town Hall, 281 High Street, Maitland 2320.

Telephone:    0476 283 286        OR         0497 601 712

Email: Maitland@austelect.com

Candidates

Lists of the nominated candidates is accessible here.

The Timetable of Election Events is provided below.

Date Event
31 July 2017 Close of rolls (6:00pm)
31 July 2017 Nominations open
Circa 03 August 2017 Pre-nominations briefing (6:00pm)
09 August 2017 Close of nominations (12:00noon)
09 August 2017 Ballot paper draws (approx. 3:00pm)
09 August 2017 Registration of electoral material (how-to-vote) opens
Circa 15 August 2017 Postal voting commences (Indicative Date)
Circa 16 August 2017 Post nominations candidate briefing (6:00pm) – Indicative date only
28 August 2017 Pre-poll voting commences
01 September 2017 Registration of electoral material (how-to-vote) closes (5:00pm)
04 September 2017 Postal vote applications close (5:00pm)
08 September 2017 Pre-poll voting closes (6:00pm)
09 September 2017 Election Day (8:00am to 6:00pm)
11 September 2017 Return of postal votes closes (6:00pm)

The Notice of Election and Call for Proposals is available from this link.

The Notice of Contested Election is available here.

 

Who Votes?

Voting in Council Elections was compulsory for residential electors (electors enrolled on the Commonwealth/NSW Electoral Roll). All Australian citizens aged 18 years and older must have been enrolled on the electoral roll for the address where they live.

You can verify your enrolment and sign up for an election reminder service by visiting the Electoral Commission NSW website through the following link. Electoral Enrolment can be done online, where you can also change or update your enrolment details. Alternatively, you can obtain a form and prepaid envelope from Electoral Commission NSW, any Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Office or post offices. The form may be returned by post, fax, email or hand delivery to an AEC office. Once your form has been processed, the AEC will send you an acknowledgement advice. If you do not receive your advice within 4 weeks you should contact the AEC via email: info@aec.gov.au or phone 13 23 26.

The rolls for the 2017 NSW Council Elections closed at 6:00pm on 31 July 2017.

Owners of property in a Council Area, who do not live in the Council Area, but who wished to vote in the Elections for the Council Area where they own property, were able to obtain an Application form and send an Application to the General Manager of the relevant Council, to appear on the Non-residential Roll of electors or the Occupiers and Rate Paying Lessees Roll of electors, for that Area. Voting is not compulsory for electors included on these Rolls. Again though, the deadline for receipt of completed Enrolment Claims with the relevant Council General Manager, was 6:00pm on 31 July, 2017.

When voting occurred

Postal Vote Applications could be made from 31 July 2017 until 5:00pm on Monday 4 September 2017. Postal Vote Applications were available from:

  • the Returning Officer;
  • Council’s Office;
  • phoning 1800 224 420;
  • emailing info@austelect.com
  • the Returning Officer’s address (Heritage Room, Maitland Town Hall, 281 High Street, Maitland 2320.); or
  • Downloading here: Form 7 – Application For Postal Vote

 

Pre Poll Voting was available from 28 August 2017 and closed at 6:00pm on Friday 8 September 2017.

Pre Poll Office locations and operating hours were:

  • listed on Maitland City Council’s website,
  • advertised in local newspapers, and
  • listed here:
    Maitland Church Of Christ East Maitland South 1 Garnett Road East Maitland NSW 2323

Polling was also available at specific Declared Institutions (Retirement Villages, Nursing Homes etc). Details where these services are offered were advised within the relevant Institutions.

Where to vote on Election Day

There were Polling Places located throughout your Council Area on 09 September 2017. As is conventional, these Polling Places generally are located within Schools, Community Halls etc.

However, details of the locations of Polling Places were published in local newspapers just prior to Election Day. The locations of Polling Places were also included on Councils website and listed here both alphabetically (by name) and by ward:

VenueNameAddressSuburb
Bolwarra Public SchoolBolwarra25 Bolwarra RoadBolwarra NSW 2320
Bruce Street Community HallEastville22 Bruce StreetEast Maitland NSW 2323
East Maitland Public SchoolEast MaitlandWilliam StreetEast Maitland NSW 2324
Gillieston Public SchoolGilliestonCr Gillieston and Ryan RoadsGilleston Heights NSW 2321
Largs Public SchoolLargs1 Hunter StreetLargs NSW 2320
Lochinvar Public SchoolLochinvar95 New England HighwayLochinvar NSW 2321
Maitland Church Of ChristEast Maitland South1 Garnett RoadEast Maitland NSW 2323
Maitland Church Of Christ - PrepollEast Maitland South1 Garnett RoadEast Maitland NSW 2323
Maitland High SchoolMaitland High20-32 High StreetEast Maitland NSW 2323
Maitland Town HallCentral Maitland281 High StreetMaitland NSW 2320
Metford Public SchoolMetfordMelaleuca CloseMetford NSW 2323
Millers Forest Public SchoolMillers Forest127 Martins Wharf RoadMillers Forest NSW 2324
Morpeth Uniting Church HallMorpeth98 High StreetMorpeth NSW 2321
Nillo Infants SchoolLorn37 Belmore RoadLorn NSW 2320
Rutherford Playtime Pre-SchoolRutherford West75 Regiment RoadRutherford NSW 2320
Rutherford Technology High SchoolRutherford NorthAvery StreetRutherford NSW 2320
Shamrock Hill Multi-Purpose CentreAshtonfield19 Galway Bay Drive Ashtonfield NSW 2323
Somerset Park SomersetSomerset DriveThornton NSW 2322
St Aloysius Catholic PrimaryChisholm24 Heritage DriveChisholm NSW 2322
St Pauls Parish HallRutherford10 Young StreetRutherford NSW 2320
Telarah Public SchoolTelarahRaymond StreetTelarah NSW 2320
Tenambit Public SchoolTenambitEdward StreetTenambit NSW 2323
Thornton Public SchoolThorntonGovernment RoadThornton NSW 2322
Woodberry Public SchoolWoodberryLawson AvenueWoodberry NSW 2322
CENTRAL WARD
Polling Place NameLocationAddress
Bolwarra25 Bolwarra Public SchoolBolwarra Rd, Bolwarra
Central MaitlandMaitland Town Hall281 High St, Maitland
East MaitlandEast Maitland Public SchoolWilliam St, East Maitland
East Maitland SouthMaitland Church of ChristGarnett Rd, East Maitland
LargsLargs Public School1 Hunter St, Largs
LornNillo Infants School37 Belmore Rd, Lorn
Maitland HighMaitland High School 20-32 High St, East Maitland
Rutherford St Paul's Parish HallYoung St, Rutherford
Rutherford NorthRutherford Technology High SchoolAvery St, Rutherford
TenambitTenambit Public SchoolEdward St, Tenambit
EAST WARD
Polling Place NameLocationAddress
AshtonfieldShamrock Hill Multi Purpose Centre Galway Bay Dr, Ashtonfield
Central MaitlandMaitland Town Hall281 High St, Maitland
East Maitland SouthMaitland Church of ChristGarnett Rd, East Maitland
EastvilleBruce St, Community HallBruce St, East Maitland
Gillieston Gillieston Public SchoolGillieston Rd, Gillieston Heights
Maitland HighMaitland High School 20-32 High St, East Maitland
MetfordMetford Public SchoolSchanck Dr, Metford
TenambitTenambit Public SchoolEdward St, Tenambit
NORTH WARD
Polling Place NameLocationAddress
Central MaitlandMaitland Town Hall281 High St, Maitland
ChisholmSt Aloysius Catholic School 24 Heritage Dr, Chisholm
Millers ForestMillers Forest Public School127 Martins Wharf Rd, Millers Forest
MorpethMorpeth Uniting Church98 High St, Morpeth
Somerset ParkSports Pavillion Off Somerset Dr, Thornton
TenambitTenambit Public SchoolEdward St, Tenambit
ThorntonThornton Public SchoolTaylor Ave, Thorton
WoodberryWoodberry Public SchoolLawson Ave, Woodberry
WEST WARD
Polling Place NameLocationAddress
Central MaitlandMaitland Town Hall281 High St, Maitland
Gillieston Gillieston Public SchoolGillieston Rd, Gillieston Heights
LochinvarLochinvar Public School95 New England Hwy, Lochinvar
Rutherford St Paul's Parish HallYoung St, Rutherford
Rutherford NorthRutherford Technology High SchoolAvery St, Rutherford
Rutherford WestRutherford Playtime Pre-School75 Regiment Rd, Rutherford
TelarahTelarah Public SchoolCnr Russell & Lismore Sts, Telarah

Voting Before Election Day

If you were not going to be within your Local Government Area or you were unable to vote on Election Day, Saturday 9 September, 2017, you could have voted by Pre-Poll or organised a Postal Vote. During the two weeks before Election Day, Pre-Poll Voting was provided. As noted above, Pre Poll Voting locations was available at the Maitland Church of Christ, 1 Garnett Road, East Maitland NSW 2323.

From this link you can also download a Postal Vote Application (Form 7 – Application For Postal Vote).

Candidate Information

A list of the nominated candidates is provided here.

The Notice of Election and Call for Nomination Proposal was advertised in the press and is available here. The Notice of Contested Election is available here.

Nominations were open between 31 July 2017 and closed at 12 noon on 09 August, 2017.

Our Returning Officer conducted Post Nominations Closure Briefings circa 16 August 2017 and Candidates were advised of the details at the time.

Our Returning Officer also provided a Candidate Guide, and other relevant materials, as part of a kit upon acceptance of a Nomination. Our Returning Officers’ contact details are available here:

Returning Officer: Kevin Short
Deputy Returning Officer: Graeme Tolhurst
RO Office Heritage Room, Maitland Town Hall

281 High Street, MAITLAND  NSW 2320

 

PO Box 39, MAITLAND  NSW 2320

Phone: 0497 601 550

0497 601 712

Email: Maitland@austelect.com

The Candidate Guide is also available for download from here: AEF 378 – Candidate Guide NSW Local Govt Elections.

Persons contemplating election to civic office are advised to go to www.olg.nsw.gov.au/public/my-local-council/become-a-councillor

Electoral Commission NSW administers and controls the Election Funding and Disclosure provisions (including Candidate Registration) associated with NSW Council Elections and all Candidates must apply to be registered for the election and appoint an Official Agent, through Electoral Commission NSW, prior to accepting political donations or incurring electoral expenditure, and prior to nominating to Councils Returning Officer, to be a candidate at the Election.

Information about registration, appointment of an official agent or any information pertaining to funding and disclosure matters, can be accessed from these links: www.votensw.info or www.elections.nsw.gov.au

Nominating for Election

Any intending Candidates should refer to the Local Government Act 1993 and the Local Government (General) General Regulation 2005 for full details of requirements and qualifications etc. for Nomination.

Candidates should seek their own legal advice on any areas where they have concern(s) regarding requirements, qualifications or issues or matters of interpretation.

Councils, Returning Officers or Australian Election Company will not provide any information or advice of a legal nature.

The onus is on any Candidate to ensure their Nomination is complete and made to (received by) the Returning Officer by the closing of Nominations; which for the 2017 Elections was by 12 noon 09 August 2017.

The following information provided below is of a general nature only.

NB: Electoral Commission NSW administers and controls the Election Funding and Disclosure provisions (including Candidate Registration) associated with NSW Council Elections and all Candidates must apply to be registered for the election and appoint an Official Agent, through Electoral Commission NSW, prior to accepting political donations or incurring electoral expenditure, and prior to nominating to Councils Returning Officer, to be a candidate at the Election.

There are two types of nomination.

  • Nomination paper: proposal by electors (Form 2) by Electors whereby a minimum of 2 electors enrolled in the ward or council area can nominate a candidate.
  • Nomination paper: proposal by registered officer for party (Form 3) whereby the Registered Officer can nominate a candidate;

Nomination Forms were available from the Returning Officer and Council Office.

Nomination Forms were available:

If two (2) or more Councillors are to be elected, candidates may choose to form groups, and a claim to form a group, signed by each of the candidates, is submitted by the close of Nominations. Groups may also request a Group Voting Square, but there must be at least two (2) Groups requesting Group Voting Squares for Group Voting Squares to be included on the relevant ballot paper. The Claim for Grouping of Candidates (AEF 217) is also available for download here AEF 217 – Claim for Grouping of Candidates, OR, as described immediately above by email or telephone.

At the time of nominating, the deposit for an individual Candidate of $125 was payable in cash or by a cheque drawn by a deposit taking financial institution. Personal cheques are not acceptable. Payment also may not be made by Credit Card, by EFT, by BPAY or by Postal Order. The deposit was to be received by the Returning Officer prior to 12 noon on Nomination day 09 August 2017.

There is a deposit “discount cap” of $625.00 where a Group comprises more than five (5) Candidates and the Nominations for all Candidates comprising that Group and the $625.00 deposit is provided/paid and the completed request to be included in a Group form are all lodged simultaneously. However, if the Nomination forms, deposit and the Group Request form was all not lodged simultaneously, then the $125.00 deposit per Nomination was applicable.

Upon Nomination by a Candidate (or Candidates), the following forms were to be lodged:

  • Completed Nomination Proposal in Form 2 or Form 3
  • Completed Candidate Information Sheet (signature to be witnessed by JP)
  • Completed Statistical Information Sheet
  • Claim for Grouping of Candidates (AEF 217) (if applicable)
  • Nomination Deposit in Cash or “Bank” Cheque

A Nomination was not valid without a completed Candidate Information Sheet. Valid Nominations must have been received by the Returning Officer by 12 noon 09 August 2017. This could be done in person, by post, fax or email.  Where email is used an image of the completed nomination paper signed by the proposers and the person proposed for nomination is included in or attached to the email and that image includes an image of the actual signatures, as appearing on the nomination paper. Where email is involved, the Nomination will not be made unless, in addition to the completed Nomination paper, the completed Candidate Information Sheet; the completed Statistical Information Sheet and the Nomination Deposit was received by the Returning Officer, before the 12 noon deadline on 09 August 2017.

As previously mentioned, Candidates of course must also separately register with the Electoral Commission NSW before Nomination day for the Election.

The Returning Officer formally announced candidates and conducted a draw for their ballot paper positions once Nominations were processed.

Ballot papers include the candidates’ surname and one given name. Candidates could request to have “Independent” printed below their name. Candidates nominated by Political Parties have their affiliation (or abbreviated affiliation) printed on the ballot paper.

There are important laws for local council elections which came into effect on 01 July 2016. There were three main changes; Caps on political donations; Regulation of third party campaigners; and Political parties to keep a campaign account. For more information on these changes, click on this link.

Interested in the 2012 Election Results?

The 2012 election results can be accessed from this link for Maitland City Council only.

2017 Election Results

The declaration of the election report can be accessed from this link.

The detailed election results can be accessed from this link for Maitland City Council.

Downloadable documents: