Council Elections

The next NSW Local Government elections will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021. Voting is compulsory.

Running for Council

Councillors are elected by their local community to represent community views on Council, provide leadership and make sure local needs are met. They achieve this by directing Council's affairs, allocating resources for the benefit of the local area, developing policies and reviewing Council's performance in relation how it is delivering services and other matters.

Being a Councillor can be rewarding because it provides an opportunity to: 

  • Make decisions that help people within the local community;
  • Influence the long term, strategic direction of a local community;
  • Learn new skills such as public speaking and advocacy;
  • Work with a broad cross section of the community on a diverse range of issues.

More information on being a candidate

A series of online candidate information sessions will be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) in the lead up to the 2021 NSW Local Government elections.

The webinars will be held from April to August 2021 and will cover the following topics:

  • Election overview
  • Election funding and disclosure
  • Registration of candidates, groups, and third-party campaigners
  • Electoral material (also known as how-to-vote - material)
  • Nomination process
  • Early voting and election day voting
  • Candidate workers and scrutineers
  • Counting and results

These sessions will also be broadcast from each of our Council offices.:

Webinars will be recorded and placed on the NSWEC website.

Find out more and register >>

More information (including information for candidates)


Voting, including postal vote applications, is managed by the NSW Electoral Commission. The commission will update its webpage closer to the election with options for voting. This will include pre-polling, postal and in-person voting options. Postal votes will be available to voters from all states in Australia. Check your enrolment 

Applying to vote as a non-resident

You are eligible to vote as a non-resident in a ward or council area if you are:

  • an owner of rateable land in the ward or council area 
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the ward or council area.

Non-residential rolls are prepared and certified by the general manager and the NSW Electoral Commissioner must confirm that the voters listed are eligible for enrolment on the non-residential roll. However, you are responsible for checking that you are eligible for inclusion in the non-residential roll for a council or ward when you make an application. We recommend you get independent advice if you are unsure about whether you are eligible to apply or not.

You can apply to be included on the non-residential roll of another ward or council area by completing one of the forms below. 

You may apply as either of the following:

As an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees, or

As an individual owner, occupier or ratepaying lessee

Please apply by 6.00 pm on Monday 26 July 2021.

Murrumbidgee Council Wards Map

Murrumbidgee Council - Local Government Area Map

Past Elections

Local Government By-election 2018

Due to the resignation of Cr Austin Evans, Cr Pat Brown was elected at a by-election in the Murrumbidgee East Ward held on 10 March 2018.

Local Government Election 2017

Local Government elections were held in NSW on Saturday 9 September 2017

Visit the Electoral Commission website to see the results

Candidates were as follows:


There was NO election in the Jerilderie Ward.

Mrs Faith BRYCE
Mrs Ruth McRAE
Mrs Angelina (Gaila) SMITH

Councillor Candidates - Jerilderie Ward   UNCONTESTED


There was NO election in the Murrumbidgee East Ward.

Mr Robert BLACK
Mrs Christine CHIRGWIN
Mr Austin EVANS

Councillor Candidates - Murrumbidgee East Ward   UNCONTESTED


There were six nominations for three Councillor vacancies within the Murrumbidgee Ward. The ballot paper order and successful candidates were:

Mr Phillip WELLS - Elected
Mr Gavin GILBERT - Elected
Mr Paul Goodsall
Mr Robert Curphey - Elected
Mr Gordon Beaumont
Mr Allan Strachan

Councillor Candidates - Murrumbidgee Ward

For more information about local Council election NSW Electoral Commission at  or Office of Local Government at or the  olg election tab