To provide certainty to councils, communities and potential candidates, the NSW Government has made the decision to postpone the September local government elections in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. The decision to postpone the elections is necessary to ensure the health and safety of voters, NSW Electoral Commission staff and election candidates.
It follows Parliament passing amendments to the Local Government Act this week to provide the Minister with the power to postpone the elections for 12 months with a possible further extension to 31 December 2021 should the need arise. The Minister intends to make an order which will be published in the Government Gazette to postpone the 2020 local government elections. It is the Government’s intention that these council elections will be held in September 2021.
Current councillors and popularly elected mayors will continue to hold their civic offices until the rescheduled local government elections are held. Mayoral elections will need to be held for mayors elected by councillors in September 2018 when their two-year terms expire this year. Mayors elected in September 2019 will continue to hold office until September 2021 once the new election date is gazetted.
The postponement of the next elections will not change the future schedule of council elections, and the subsequent elections will still proceed in September 2024.
Cowra Shire Council is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, their families, our volunteers and our community. Council continues to take advice and guidance from NSW State Government (NSW Health) and the Federal Government (Department of Health) that are the lead agencies in relation to the management of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Council will ensure essential services continue to be delivered to our community including water, wastewater, garbage collection and ranger services. We are constantly reviewing our plans to make sure we are prepared for any situation. As this situation rapidly unfolds we may need to change, reduce or postpone services and events at short notice. If this happens, we will let you know. Read more.
Council has created a webpage outlining all Council services or facilities which have been affected as a result of the current advice from Federal and State Governments. This table can be viewed here and will be regularly updated.
Busby Place Undercover Carpark will be closed for maintenance from Tuesday 31 March until Friday 10 April 2020 from 7am to 4pm, weekdays only. Council apologises for the inconvenience. For more information, please contact Infrastructure & Operations on 6340 2070.
Late last week, the Federal Government announced that non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people should not occur in an effort to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), with a ban implemented by NSW State Government today. With these sanctions in place, Cowra Shire Council has made the decision to cancel Cowra’s Festival of International Understanding in April.
The decision was made after consultation with senior management within Council and with the Festival Coordinator. Other upcoming large-scale events within the Cowra Shire may also be potentially impacted or cancelled.
Mayor of Cowra, Cr Bill West said the decision was made with great disappointment.
“We are sad not to be able to proceed with the Festival and to celebrate our guest nation New Zealand, but we are acting responsibly as well as on the direction from state and federal government,” said Cr West.
Contractors are progressing well with the CBD footpath refurbishment project. Paving contractors are currently on site and undertaking night works. Paving also continues on the corner of Macquarie and Kendal Street to finalise zones one and two. Council would like to thank the community for their patience during the construction works. Read more.