Information on Elections
Every four years the residents and ratepayers of The Hills Shire elect 12 Councillors. Three Councillors represent each ward; Central, North, East and West.
The Councillors elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor on an annual basis.
The last election of Councillors for Baulkham Hills Shire Council was held on Saturday, 8 September 2012.
The next Council election at which residents and ratepayers will need to vote for Councillors of The Hills Shire Council will be held in 2016.
Voting is compulsory for all residents over the age of 18.
Anyone can stand for election as a Councillor. The candidate must be nominated by at least two other people in the community. The Local Government Act, 1993 makes voting compulsory in Local Government elections. As outlined in Section 266 of the Act, you are entitled to vote in Local Government elections if:
- You are a resident of a Council ward
- You are not a resident of a Council ward but own rateable land in a Council Ward
- You are an occupier or a rate paying lessee of rateable land in a Council Ward
- You are registered on the Electoral Roll
- You must be on the Electoral Roll in order to vote.
Council Elections 2012
The Local Government elections were held on Saturday 8 September, 2012.
Council Election Results
On Monday 17 September 2012, the Returning Officer for the election of The Hills Shire Councillors officially declared the following persons elected as Councillors until the next ordinary election of the Council (scheduled for September 2016):
The Constitutional Referendum
The Constitutional Referendum conducted in conjunction with the elections on 8 September with the following question:
Do you favour the election of the mayor by electors for a four year term which will necessarily increases the number of Councillors by 1?
favoured the YES case:
Therefore from September 2016 Council will have its Mayor elected by the people rather than by fellow Councillors and there will be 13 Councillors on Council.