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Learn what it takes to transition from citizen to councillor

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The Municipal Association of Victoria encourages any community members thinking about standing in the City of Greater Geelong council election to attend one of our upcoming information sessions, to learn more about becoming a councillor.

Two sessions will be held at City Hall this Wednesday 23 August, followed by sessions at Wathaurong Cooperative on 28 August and Corio on 5 September.

“The MAV encourages all election hopefuls to attend our information sessions to find out more about becoming a councillor, including an introduction to local government, what’s expected of councillors, and the election process,” MAV CEO Rob Spence said.

“While being a councillor is hard work, this is far outweighed by the unique and rewarding opportunity it offers to improve community outcomes.

“The role involves many council and community meetings, attendance at community events, and decision-making on a broad range of local issues. But with the right planning and preparation, it is possible to smoothly transition from citizen to councillor.”

Mr Spence said in order to achieve a diverse range of candidates, it was important the community was aware that no prior political experience was required to stand for council.

He said an MAV survey of elected councillors (PDF - 975KB) conducted in March-April last year showed that most had no political experience before nominating (54 per cent) and were motivated by a desire to contribute to their community (67 per cent).

“You don’t need experience in politics or community activism to stand for council. Whatever your occupation or background, if you’re over 18 and on the council area electoral roll, the chances are that you’ll be eligible to stand,” Mr Spence said.

“My advice would be that if you’re community-minded and want to achieve positive outcomes for the City of Greater Geelong, take the first step and come along to our information sessions.”

More details about the MAV’s ‘citizen to councillor’ information sessions are available on the City of Greater Geelong website.

To find out more about becoming a councillor, visit standforcouncil.com.au

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Contact: MAV Communications on 9667 5547.