Council election to be held on 14 September

Local government elections are held in NSW on the second Saturday in September every four years*, with the next election to be held on Saturday, 14 September, 2024.

Voting is compulsory, with Kyogle Local Government Area (LGA) residents going to the polls to elect nine councillors — three councillors from each of Council’s three Wards – for more information about Council’s Wards, including a map of the LGA, follow this link.

Non residential rolls

If you don’t live in the Kyogle LGA, you may still be entitled to vote in the upcoming election if you are a non-resident owner, occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land in the council’s area (the non-residential rolls).

To apply to be on the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees, you must be:
• the sole occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land, or
• nominated as the elector by the joint or several occupiers or ratepaying lessees of the rateable land, or
• nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who occupy or are the ratepaying lessee of the rateable land, and have the legal right to occupy the land, or be responsible for paying all or part of the rates on the land for three years following the date you apply to be on the roll.

Use this form for individual owners, occupiers and ratepaying lessees or this form for nomination of an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees to apply to be on a non-residential roll.  Applications must be submitted by 6pm 5 August, 2024. The council will advise you within seven days if your enrolment was accepted.

Referendum

This year, Kyogle Council electors will also be asked in a referendum whether or not they want a popularly elected mayor.

The question voters will be asked at the referendum will be:

Do you favour the election of the Mayor by electors for a four-year term with the number of wards reduced from three to two, each ward comprising of four councillors, plus a popularly elected Mayor?

For further information about why Council settled on this question and the pros and cons of having a popularly elected Mayor, follow this link.

Nominations for candidates seeking to be elected as Councillors open on Monday, 5 August, 2024 and will close at noon on Wednesday, 14 August, 2024.  For further information about the conduct of the election, including all the key dates please follow this link to the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Candidate Information Sessions

Kyogle Council will hold two free workshops for people interested in running for council at the 14 September local government elections.

The workshops will be held at Kyogle on Wednesday, 12 June.

They are aimed at giving potential candidates a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of an elected member of council.

They will be conducted by a facilitator from Local Government NSW with extensive experience in local government.

The same content will be presented at both workshops.

There will be one morning workshop from 10am-1.30pm and an evening workshop from 5-8.30pm.  They will be held upstairs in the Roxy Art Gallery at 131 Summerland Way (the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall).

The workshops will:

  • Identify the key requirements for becoming a candidate at the NSW local government election on 14 September;
  • Outline the legislated role of a councillor, and how it fits in with other roles and levels of government;
  • Help participants to understand the role as an elected member of the governing body;
  • Outline the expectations and potential challenges in becoming a councillor;
  • Look at the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework, and how councillors work within this;
  • Identify key elements of council meetings, such as the code of meeting practice, code of conduct and conflict of interest.

If you are interested in attending, just come along to the workshop of your choice on the day. You can also contact Council for more information on 6632 1611.

*The 2020 Local Government elections, were postponed, due to COVID restrictions until 4 December 2021, but this has not affected the ongoing election schedule.

Australia Day Award nominations now open

Nominations have opened for the 2024 Kyogle, Woodenbong, and West of the Range Australia Day Awards.

The awards recognise and honour individuals for noteworthy achievements and contributions to the community.

In Kyogle, awards will be presented in seven categories, with the Kyogle Lions Club once again running the Australia Day awards and celebrations.

Nominations have been extended by two weeks and will now close on Friday, 15 December 2023.

Award categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Junior Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year (under 18)
  • Senior Student of the Year (High School)
  • Junior Student of the Year (Primary)
  • Senior Citizen of the Year

If you wish to nominate someone for a number of awards, please complete a separate nomination form for each category.

Please note that nominees are required to be notified and to sign the nomination form. A fillable nomination form can be accessed here .

The Woodenbong Australia Day Committee will present awards in seven categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Community Organisation/Event
  • Business/Service
  • Environmental Citizen/Organisation

Nominations close on 31 December 2023. Note: Nominees are to be notified of nomination. Supporting information for the nomination to be on a word document. Click here for the award nomination form/details.

The West of the Range Australia Day Committee will present awards in five categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Achievement in Sport or the Creative Arts
  • Community Organisation/Event of the Year
  • Business/Service of the Year

Nominations close on 16 December 2023.  Click here for the award nomination for and details. 

Council delivers $536,126 in community grants

Kyogle Council played Santa Claus on Monday night, handing out 57 grants totaling $536,126  to local community organisations and individuals.

Council approved 31 Community Resilience Grants worth $500,000 and 26 Community Assistance grants totaling $36,126 at its 12 December meeting.

The Community Resilience Grants were funded from the Local Government Recovery Grants and ranged from $696.84 for the Friends of Ettrick Hall Committee to buy a fire house connection to the hall through to a grant of $36,291 for the Cawongla Playhouse to undertake repairs and improvements.

The Community Assistance Grants were awarded to a broad cross section of community and sporting organisations as well as three individuals for projects ranging from the construction of a handball court at the Risk Hall to equipment for the Kyogle and District Historical Society to digitize their records.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Kylie Thomas said the uptake of the grants showcased the passion of local volunteers and organisations to improving their communities.

Council received 94 applications valued at $1.318 million across the two programs.

“We are pleased to be able to help our local groups with these grass roots projects that will make a real difference in the communities they serve,” Cr Thomas said.

“Unfortunately, we could not fund every application, but staff will work with the unsuccessful applicants to explore other options to fund their projects.”

To view the successful Community Resilience Grants, click here.

To view the successful Community Assistance Grants, click here.

 

Australia Day Award nominations open

Nominations have opened for the 2023 Kyogle, West of the Range and Woodenbong Australia Day Awards.

The awards recognise and reward individuals for noteworthy achievements and contribution to community.

In Kyogle, awards will be presented in seven categories, with the Kyogle Lions Club once again running the Australia Day awards and celebrations.

Nominations for the Kyogle awards close on 13 January 2023.

Award categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Junior Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year (under 18)
  • Senior Student of the Year (High School)
  • Junior Student of the Year (Primary)
  • Senior Citizen of the Year

Please note that nominees are required to be notified and to sign the nomination form. A nomination form can be found here.

The West of the Range Australia Day Committee will present awards in five categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Achievement in Sport or the Creative Arts
  • Event/Community Organisation of the Year
  • Business/Service of the Year

Nominations close at 4pm on 16 December 2022. You can download the West of the Range nomination form by clicking here.

Woodenbong will present Australia Day Awards in seven categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year (over 65 years of age)
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Community Organisation/Event of the Year
  • Business/Service of the Year
  • Environmental Citizen/Organisation of the Year.

Nominations close on 31 December 2022. You can download the Woodenbong nomination form by clicking here.

 

Latest flood information for businesses, individuals and primary producers

If you have been affected by storms or floods and would like to find out the latest information on what support and financial assistance is available, please click on the fact sheets below.

The NSW Government will also pay the 2022-23 Council rates  for flood affected residential, commercial and farm ratepayers.

Ratepayers whose main premises has been assessed as damaged by the SES in the initial damage assessment or who have made a successful claim for support for equivalent damage through Service NSW are automatically eligible.

The funding will be provided through Service NSW and rates payments will be made directly to council on ratpayers’ behalf.

Service NSW will administer the program and eligible ratepayers will receive the relief automatically and do not have to contact Council to apply. Correspondence will come from the NSW Government in the coming weeks to confirm eligibility.

Those who believe they are eligible and do not receive relief should apply to the Flood Property Assessment Program administered by Service NSW at https://www.nsw.gov.au/floods/financial-support/property-assessment-faqs

For further information about the rates relief program, follow this link to the Service NSW website or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.

Eligible ratepayers will not need to take any action. Please note the relief will cover rates only and will not cover waste, sewer or water charges.