Dungog Shire local government area consists of three wards: A, B and C. [See ward map above].
A Ward is centred around the township of Dungog. B Ward is focused on the area around Clarence Town. C Ward includes the townships of Gresford, East Gresford, Vacy and Paterson.
Two Councillors for each ward will be elected and the Mayor will be popularly elected by all voters across the shire.
The Local Government Elections have been postponed by 3 months and rescheduled to 4 December 2021.
Some relevant dates are included below; a full list can be seen at NSW Electoral Commission website.
Electoral roll closes (6pm)
Candidate nominations open
|26 October||Postal vote application opens|
Candidate nominations close (12 noon)
Registration of electoral material for distribution election day commences
|4 November||Ballot paper draw|
|5 November||Caretaker period commences|
Pre-poll voting opens
|29 November||Postal vote applications close (5pm)|
|3 December||Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)|
|4 December||Election day (8am-6pm)|
|17 December||Return of postal vote closes (6pm)|
|21-23 December||Results declared progressively as counts are finalised by Returning Officers|
VOTERS - HAVE YOUR SAY
Who needs to vote?
Dungog Shire is divided into three wards; A Ward, B Ward and C Ward. Residents, who are enrolled to vote, elect a Mayor and two Councillors to represent their respective ward see NSW Electoral Commission.
Traditionally elected Councillors serve a four year term, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic the NSW Local Government Elections were postponed in 2020, meaning that Councillors elected in this year’s election will serve a three year term.
Information on how elections work and understanding your responsibilities as a voter is available online NSW Electoral Commission.
Where can I vote on election day?
The polling places have not been released at this point; they will be progressively updated as we receive more information from the NSW Electoral Commission regarding the replanning of the elections.
To view locations via an interactive map, search for your address or find out the facilities at each venue visit NSW Electoral Commission for more details.
Pre-polling place to vote early
Eligibility requirements to vote in person at a pre-poll venue for a local election are changing. This information will be available on the NSW Electoral Commission 2021 Local Government elections web page closer to the election.
The pre-polling place for Dungog Shire is the Dungog Council Chambers at the rear of the Dungog Shire Council Administration Building, 198 Dowling St, Dungog; entry will be via the Brown St car park.
Can I vote if I am not a resident of Dungog Shire?
To claim for inclusion on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land or the roll of occupiers and ratepaying lessees you will need to complete one of the below forms and submit to Dungog Shire Council.
If you have further questions contact council.
What happens if I do not vote?
If you do not vote and you do not have a valid reason, you will be fined $55 by the NSW Electoral Commission. Apparent failure to vote notices are distributed within three months of an election event.
Council does not issue the fines and more information about penalties for not voting is available at NSW Electoral Commission.
How do I register my interest to work at the Local Government Elections?
A variety of roles are available, from work at a polling place on Election Day to longer-running opportunities at a returning office or pre-poll voting centre.
You can register your interest for employment via the Electoral Commission NSW.
The above details will be progressively updated as we receive more information from the NSW Electoral Commission regarding the replanning of the election.