Online information session for prospective candidates

Published on 30 July 2020

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Prospective candidates in the 2020 Victorian council elections are encouraged to register for an upcoming online information session.

Run by the Municipal Association of Victoria in partnership with Surf Coast Shire Council, the session will provide prospective candidates and community members with information about the electoral process, local government and the role of a councillor.

Surf Coast Shire Council’s free online information session is Thursday 13 August from 3pm to 5pm. It will be conducted via Zoom, with registrations open at

Council’s Governance and Infrastructure General Manager Anne Howard said it was a valuable opportunity for people to understand what it’s like to serve the community as a councillor.

“It will provide potential candidates with a helpful overview of the roles and responsibilities of a councillor, and how they are the link between council and the community,” she said.

“Being a virtual session due to COVID-19 restrictions, we hope to welcome as many attendees as possible.”

Voting in Victorian council elections on 24 October is by postal vote. The COVID-19 restrictions means campaigning will be different this year but the right to nominate as a candidate and the right of citizens to vote for a candidate that best represents them is a cornerstone of democracy.

For more information on the election and how to Stand for Council – including links to the Stand for Council and Victorian Electoral Commission web pages – please visit

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