Administration of the 2020 Local Government Elections for the MidCoast Local Government Area.
In accordance with section 296AA of the Local Government Act 1993 - Councils to plan for administration of elections, MidCoast Council advises that it has not complied with Section 296AA (4) of the Local Government Act 1993 for the following reasons:
- The Government has approved a review by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) of the costs of conducting local government elections in NSW.
- As the outcomes of the IPART review may impact on the administration of the September 2020 council elections, it is proposed to introduce legislation in the first parliamentary sitting period of 2019 following the NSW State Election to amend the Local Government Act 1993 (the LGA) to extend the deadline for councils to make a decision on the administration of their elections under sections 296AA and 296. This deadline will be extended to 1 January 2020.
- Due to the above mentioned review, the NSW Electoral Commission has not released its cost estimates for the conduct of the Local Government Council elections for MidCoast Council. As such Council is unwilling to commit to a value/cost that has not yet been determined.