Councillors' work is varied and often takes place in a highly passionate and political environment. It can be daunting and time consuming, but also rewarding.
Councillors have differing interests, motivations and skills. They will make different contributions to the council and will draw their own levels of satisfaction from the outcomes.
Through full participation in local government, councillors learn about democratic consultation processes at a formal and informal level. They are responsible and accountable for what they do.
Five great reasons to stand
1. Influence decisions
Councillors, by virtue of their elected role, have influence and involvement in the planning and development of their local environment.
2. Serve your community
Being able to contribute and give back to the community you love is highly satisfying and motivating for some people.
3. Create a better future
Standing for election provides a great opportunity to influence the future directions of your local community. As a councillor, your vote is influential in the decision-making process, enabling you to contribute towards the current and future wellbeing of the community.
4. Professional development
Councils are expected to support new councillors by offering professional development programs. Councillors, through a combination of on-the-job experience and training programs, will gain knowledge and skills in areas which help them perform effectively – for example, in budgeting, corporate planning, meeting procedures, advocacy, negotiation and media. Professional development is voluntary but strongly encouraged.
5. Personal enrichment
Citizens elected as councillors bring with them a wide range of employment, educational, community and general life experiences. Through full participation in local government, councillors learn about democratic processes, consultation processes at a formal and informal level, and to be responsible and accountable for what they do. To see the development and implementation of programs they have initiated, or been involved with, can be rewarding.