With 28 candidates nominating for the nine councillor positions, we are set for an interesting election indeed.
I would like to offer my best wishes to those standing and especially the 19 new nominees.
They could be seen as spearheading much-needed change and they are part of a trend across Victoria. Councils and their peak bodies may need to look within for explanation of this phenomenon.
The 2016-20 council period will also see the rewrite of the outdated Local Government Act, which will hopefully bring some much needed clarity in local government governance and compliance.
Whether successful in the election or not, new candidates have all achieved a commendable milestone merely by nominating.
Mildura Council candidate