Taking Care in Caretaker Period
Publish Date: 16/09/2016
From midnight next Tuesday through to 6pm on Saturday 22 October Moira Shire Council and Councils across Victoria will enter caretaker mode.
Moira Shire CEO Mark Henderson explained that during the caretaker period Council is obligated to ensure its resources, staff, events and other activities are not used in a way that might advantage a candidate - including councillors standing for re-election.
Caretaker mode also protects the authority of the incoming council.
“The Local Government Act 1989 and our Caretaker Policy define how we will operate during this period,” said Mr Henderson.
“The vast majority of our services will continue as normal – your rubbish will still be collected, you can still pay your rates or tell us about the pothole around the corner and we will continue to receive and process applications and permits within existing delegations,” said Mr Henderson.
“The key areas affected by the caretaker rules are our communications and advertising activity along with events that normally involve a Councillor speaking on behalf of Council,” said Mr Henderson.
“During the caretaker period our communications activity will be limited to essential operational updates - there will be limited updating of our website and social media channels,” he said.
Anyone wanting to contact a candidate should contact the candidate directly or seek further information from the Victorian Electoral Commission’s (VEC) election office for the Moira Shire Council election in Yarrawonga.
“The VEC is the best source for any questions about the election and how it operates,” said Mr Henderson.
Monday night’s Council meeting in Nathalia is Moira Shire Council’s last scheduled ordinary Council meeting until the new Council is in place in November.
The Moira Shire Council election is a postal election. The voting period for the Council election commences on 4 October with the mail out of postal ballot packs which must be returned by 6pm Friday October 21.