Shoalhaven 2021 Local Government Election

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Local Government (Council) Elections are being held on Saturday, 4 December 2021.

Eligible voters will be electing the councillors and mayor who will represent our community for the next three years.

In the Shoalhaven, there are two polls in Local Government Elections. One is for the popularly elected Mayor and the other to elect four (4) Ward Councillors for each of the three Wards. To find out which Ward you are in, go to the My Area page and enter your address details.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions on this page for information about voting. The Australian Electoral Commission manages the electoral roll and can help you enrol or update your details.

Where and when to vote

Pre-Poll Venues: Open from Monday 22 November to Friday 3 December

Ward 1:

  • Nowra Wesley Centre, 29 Berry Street, Nowra

Ward 2:

  • St Georges Basin Community Centre, 21 Meriton Street, St Georges Basin

Ward 3:

  • Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla

Polling Places on Election Day: Open from 8.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday 4 December

Ward 1:

  • Berry Public School, 1 Clarence Street, Berry
  • Bomaderry Public School, 35-43 Cambewarra Road, Bomaderry
  • Cambewarra Public School, Kalinga Street, Cambewarra
  • Illaroo Road, Public School, Illaroo Road, North Nowra
  • Kangaroo Valley Public School, 138-140 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley
  • Nowra East Public School, 87 Jervis Street, Nowra
  • Nowra Public School, 74 Plunkett Street, Nowra
  • Nowra Wesley Centre, 29 Berry Street, Nowra
  • North Nowra Public School, 75 Judith Drive, North Nowra
  • Shoalhaven Heads Community Centre, 111 Shoalhaven Heads Road, Shoalhaven Heads
  • Shoalhaven High School, 60 Park Road, Nowra East
  • Terara Public School, Millbank Road, Terara

Ward 2:

  • Callala Beach Community Hall, 91 Quay Road, Callala Beach
  • Callala Community Centre, Emmett Street, Callala Bay
  • Culburra Public School, Fairlands Street, Culburra
  • Currarong Progress Hall, Walton Way, Currarong
  • Erowal Bay Public Hall, King George Street, Erowal Bay
  • Falls Creek Public School, 26 Vidler Street, Falls Creek
  • Greenwell Point Public School, Jervis Street, Greenwell Point
  • Huskisson Community Centre, Dent Street, Huskisson
  • Nowra East Public School, 87 Jervis Street, Nowra
  • Nowra Hill Public School, Btu Road, Nowra
  • Nowra Public School, 74 Plunkett Street, Nowra
  • Nowra Wesley Centre, 29 Berry Street, Nowra
  • Sanctuary Point Public School, Idlewild Avenue, Sanctuary Point
  • Shoalhaven High School, 60 Park Road, Nowra East
  • St Georges Basin Community Centre, 21 Meriton Street, St Georges Basin
  • Terara Public School, Millbank Road, Terara
  • Tomerong Public School, 355 Hawken Road, Tomerong
  • Vincentia Public School, George Caley Place, Vincentia

Ward 3:

  • Burrill Lake Community Hall, off Princes Avenue, Burrill Lake
  • Cudmirrah-Berrara Community Hall, Collier Drive, Cudmirrah
  • Kioloa Bawley Point Community Centre, Murramarang Road, Kioloa
  • Lake Conjola Community Centre, Lake Conjola Entrance Road, Lake Conjola
  • Manyana Community Hall, The Palisade, Manyana
  • Milton Anglican Church Hall, Church Street, Milton
  • Milton Ulladulla Baptist Church, 215 Matron Porter Drive, Narrawallee
  • Nowra Public School, 74 Plunkett Street, Nowra
  • Sanctuary Point Public School, Idlewild Avenue, Sanctuary Point
  • St Georges Basin Community Centre, 21 Meriton Street, St Georges Basin
  • St Georges Basin Public School, Tallyan Point Road, Basin View
  • Sussex Inlet Community Centre, Thomson Street, Sussex Inlet
  • Tomerong Public School, 355 Hawken Road, Tomerong
  • Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla
  • Vincentia Public School, George Caley Place, Vincentia


Do you have property in the Shoalhaven but are not a resident? Join the non-residential roll

If you are not a resident, you may be entitled to vote if you own, occupy or lease property in the Shoalhaven Local Government Area (LGA) as a corporation, business or individual. You will have to be registered on Shoalhaven City Council’s non-residential roll. You may only cast one vote within a council area, even if you own more than one property.

If you are on a non-residential roll, you do not have to vote. It is still compulsory that you vote in the area where you are on the residential roll. You can check your residential enrolment at check.aec.gov.au or by calling the Australian Electoral Commission on 13 23 26. Council does not hold electoral information for local residents.

These forms are to request inclusion on the non-residential roll. If you do not wish to join you do not have to do anything.

You need to fill out the Individual Claim Form if you are either:

  • an owner of rateable land in the Shoalhaven LGA
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the Shoalhaven LGA.

If you own, occupy or lease the property with other people, including family members, you must nominate who will be voting on behalf of everyone and fill out the Nomination Claim Form.

Registration for inclusion on the non-residential roll for the 2021 Council election closes at 6.00pm on 25 October 2021. If we have already received your claim form, you do not need to re-apply.

Completed forms may be lodged by:

More information is available on the NSW Electoral Commission webpage and in the Frequently Asked Questions on this webpage.

Alternatively, you can make an enquiry through the 'Questions' tool on this webpage below, by emailing governance@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or calling 02 4429 3316.

Local Government (Council) Elections are being held on Saturday, 4 December 2021.

Eligible voters will be electing the councillors and mayor who will represent our community for the next three years.

In the Shoalhaven, there are two polls in Local Government Elections. One is for the popularly elected Mayor and the other to elect four (4) Ward Councillors for each of the three Wards. To find out which Ward you are in, go to the My Area page and enter your address details.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions on this page for information about voting. The Australian Electoral Commission manages the electoral roll and can help you enrol or update your details.

Where and when to vote

Pre-Poll Venues: Open from Monday 22 November to Friday 3 December

Ward 1:

  • Nowra Wesley Centre, 29 Berry Street, Nowra

Ward 2:

  • St Georges Basin Community Centre, 21 Meriton Street, St Georges Basin

Ward 3:

  • Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla

Polling Places on Election Day: Open from 8.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday 4 December

Ward 1:

  • Berry Public School, 1 Clarence Street, Berry
  • Bomaderry Public School, 35-43 Cambewarra Road, Bomaderry
  • Cambewarra Public School, Kalinga Street, Cambewarra
  • Illaroo Road, Public School, Illaroo Road, North Nowra
  • Kangaroo Valley Public School, 138-140 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley
  • Nowra East Public School, 87 Jervis Street, Nowra
  • Nowra Public School, 74 Plunkett Street, Nowra
  • Nowra Wesley Centre, 29 Berry Street, Nowra
  • North Nowra Public School, 75 Judith Drive, North Nowra
  • Shoalhaven Heads Community Centre, 111 Shoalhaven Heads Road, Shoalhaven Heads
  • Shoalhaven High School, 60 Park Road, Nowra East
  • Terara Public School, Millbank Road, Terara

Ward 2:

  • Callala Beach Community Hall, 91 Quay Road, Callala Beach
  • Callala Community Centre, Emmett Street, Callala Bay
  • Culburra Public School, Fairlands Street, Culburra
  • Currarong Progress Hall, Walton Way, Currarong
  • Erowal Bay Public Hall, King George Street, Erowal Bay
  • Falls Creek Public School, 26 Vidler Street, Falls Creek
  • Greenwell Point Public School, Jervis Street, Greenwell Point
  • Huskisson Community Centre, Dent Street, Huskisson
  • Nowra East Public School, 87 Jervis Street, Nowra
  • Nowra Hill Public School, Btu Road, Nowra
  • Nowra Public School, 74 Plunkett Street, Nowra
  • Nowra Wesley Centre, 29 Berry Street, Nowra
  • Sanctuary Point Public School, Idlewild Avenue, Sanctuary Point
  • Shoalhaven High School, 60 Park Road, Nowra East
  • St Georges Basin Community Centre, 21 Meriton Street, St Georges Basin
  • Terara Public School, Millbank Road, Terara
  • Tomerong Public School, 355 Hawken Road, Tomerong
  • Vincentia Public School, George Caley Place, Vincentia

Ward 3:

  • Burrill Lake Community Hall, off Princes Avenue, Burrill Lake
  • Cudmirrah-Berrara Community Hall, Collier Drive, Cudmirrah
  • Kioloa Bawley Point Community Centre, Murramarang Road, Kioloa
  • Lake Conjola Community Centre, Lake Conjola Entrance Road, Lake Conjola
  • Manyana Community Hall, The Palisade, Manyana
  • Milton Anglican Church Hall, Church Street, Milton
  • Milton Ulladulla Baptist Church, 215 Matron Porter Drive, Narrawallee
  • Nowra Public School, 74 Plunkett Street, Nowra
  • Sanctuary Point Public School, Idlewild Avenue, Sanctuary Point
  • St Georges Basin Community Centre, 21 Meriton Street, St Georges Basin
  • St Georges Basin Public School, Tallyan Point Road, Basin View
  • Sussex Inlet Community Centre, Thomson Street, Sussex Inlet
  • Tomerong Public School, 355 Hawken Road, Tomerong
  • Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla
  • Vincentia Public School, George Caley Place, Vincentia


Do you have property in the Shoalhaven but are not a resident? Join the non-residential roll

If you are not a resident, you may be entitled to vote if you own, occupy or lease property in the Shoalhaven Local Government Area (LGA) as a corporation, business or individual. You will have to be registered on Shoalhaven City Council’s non-residential roll. You may only cast one vote within a council area, even if you own more than one property.

If you are on a non-residential roll, you do not have to vote. It is still compulsory that you vote in the area where you are on the residential roll. You can check your residential enrolment at check.aec.gov.au or by calling the Australian Electoral Commission on 13 23 26. Council does not hold electoral information for local residents.

These forms are to request inclusion on the non-residential roll. If you do not wish to join you do not have to do anything.

You need to fill out the Individual Claim Form if you are either:

  • an owner of rateable land in the Shoalhaven LGA
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the Shoalhaven LGA.

If you own, occupy or lease the property with other people, including family members, you must nominate who will be voting on behalf of everyone and fill out the Nomination Claim Form.

Registration for inclusion on the non-residential roll for the 2021 Council election closes at 6.00pm on 25 October 2021. If we have already received your claim form, you do not need to re-apply.

Completed forms may be lodged by:

More information is available on the NSW Electoral Commission webpage and in the Frequently Asked Questions on this webpage.

Alternatively, you can make an enquiry through the 'Questions' tool on this webpage below, by emailing governance@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or calling 02 4429 3316.

  • Thinking of nominating as a candidate for your local council?

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    If you’re considering nominating as a candidate for the 2021 NSW Local Government elections, you should read this notice. It provides general guidance about the process of nominating, and candidates’ obligations and responsibilities. Prospective candidates should seek their own independent legal advice if they are unsure whether they are eligible to run for public office in a local council or how the law applies to their specific circumstances.

    Nominate as a Mayor or Councillor

    To nominate as a Mayor or Councillor you must lodge a nomination form, either by delivering it to the Returning Officer or by using the Electoral Commission’s online nomination system. Nominating incorporates the following:

    • Part A – Candidate details
    • Part B – Nominator details
    • Part C - Candidate information sheet
    • Part D – Statistical information sheet and
    • A nomination deposit.

    Grouping of Councillor candidates on the ballot paper

    Two or more Councillor candidates may form a group on the ballot paper, and where eligible, request a group voting square (box above the line) be printed on the ballot paper for the group.

    In addition to lodging the nomination form listed above, these candidates must also lodge a Request to form a group form.

    Nomination deposit

    All candidates must pay a nomination deposit of $125 each to the NSW Electoral Commission.

    Where candidates also lodge a Request to form a group, the deposit is capped at $625 for a group of five candidates or more.

    If using the online nominations system, the deposit must be paid by either MasterCard or VISA.

    If using paper nomination forms, the nomination deposit must be paid by cash or bank or building society cheque.

    Start your nomination now

    The NSW Electoral Commission’s online nominations system is now available at elections.nsw.gov.au

    You can start the process of nominating online now.

    Alternatively, paper nomination forms are available by calling the Commission’s candidate helpdesk on 1300 022 011.

    Lodge your nomination

    Nominations can be lodged online from Monday 25 October and close 12 noon, Wednesday 3 November 2021. Late nominations will not be accepted.

    However, if using paper nomination forms, you must lodge your nomination and deposit with the Returning Officer for the council area in which you intend to stand as a candidate. Returning Officer office locations can be found on the Elections NSW website.

    Registration for electoral funding purposes

    NSW has strict laws that regulate the election campaign finances of political parties, candidates and groups at the election. These include requirements to operate a campaign account, and to record and disclose political donations and electoral expenditure. In addition, there are caps on political donations and electoral expenditure.

    Prior to being nominated, candidates and groups can separately apply to the NSW Electoral Commission to be registered for electoral funding regulation purposes. Only once successfully registered is a candidate or group allowed to accept political donations and pay for electoral expenditure.

    Forms for applying to be registered as a candidate or group are available on the Commission’s website. Online registration is also now available.

    Applications for electoral funding purposes close on Wednesday 3 November 2021.

    From 4 November 2021, all nominated candidates will be deemed to be registered and all will take on significant legal obligations for record-keeping and making disclosures. Even already-registered candidates who decide not to nominate will have some ongoing electoral funding law obligations.

    To learn more go to elections.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-disclosure. Enquiries about being registered and the laws that apply to political donations and electoral expenditure should be sent to fdc@elections.nsw.gov.au.

    Candidate Handbook and webinars

    A Candidate Handbook is available on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website.

    Educational webinars which assist candidates in navigating the process are also available.

    Ballot paper draw

    A draw to determine the order of groups (where applicable) and candidate names on the ballot paper will be conducted at the office of the relevant Returning Officer at 10am, Thursday 4 November 2021.

    The ballot paper draw may be observed in person by candidates, representatives of registered political parties and the media, subject to the capacity of the Returning Officer’s office and COVID-19 safety measures. Attendees will be required to register their attendance via the Service NSW app and to comply with physical distancing requirements. Attendees may also be required to wear a face mask.

    Further information:

    • Visit elections.nsw.gov.au
    • Email the candidate helpdesk candidates@elections.nsw.gov.au
    • Call the candidate helpdesk 1300 022 011.

    If you are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment, please contact the NSW Electoral Commission through the National Relay Service (NRS). Choose your access option and ask for 1300 135 736.

    If you need an interpreter, please call TIS National on 131 450 and ask them to call the NSW Electoral Commission on 1300 135 736.

  • Local Election Work Opportunities

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    Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in December.

    Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people to have their say. There are positions available during the election period and on election day itself.

    More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

    If you have any enquiries regarding this information, please call 1300 135 736 (Mon- Fri, 9am- 5pm) or email eoi@elections.nsw.gov.au.

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