LGA election delay: Safety first, says candidate

LGA election delay: Safety first, says candidate

Candidates contesting upcoming local government elections have welcomed the delay in the upcoming elections and feel that safety of the people should be a priority.

On Saturday, NSW Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock announced that the elections have been postponed from September 4 to December 4.

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current public health orders impacting Greater Sydney, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the local government elections this year," Mrs Hancock said.

"We have taken this step...to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities, voters, polling staff and candidates."

Mrs Hancock said the decision came after extensive discussions with the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health concerning the COVID pandemic situation in Greater Sydney.

Binalong resident Ryan Deale is another local who is planning to run for council elections this year. He is the owner of Get First Aid in the village.

"I understand that Yass residents want change and so many people are running for the council elections. We need to make sure that while doing so, everyone is safe," Mr Deale said.

Meanwhile, local Adrienne Steward is a mum of two kids who has plans to run for the seat of a councillor at Yass Valley Council in the upcoming polls.

She is also the founder of the Yass Bushfire Relief Centre and runs her own business.

"It is a bit disappointing that the elections have been postponed as councillors have already served an extra 12 months, following last year's council election delay," she said.

"There is a big appetite for change and people want the new council to be elected.

"I feel that it will give me more time to prepare for the upcoming elections and I will get more time to know the community and their concerns."

Voters will be able to participate in the December elections in person, by post or online and pre-poll voting will begin two weeks before election day. Nominations, which were to open on July 26, have now been postponed until October 25.