The Local Government elections were held on Saturday 9 September, 2017.
On Friday 15 September 2017, the Returning Officer for the election of The Hills Shire Councillors officially declared the following person elected as Mayor until the next ordinary election of the Council (scheduled for September 2020):
Michelle Byrne has been elected as Mayor
On Saturday 16 September 2017, 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 2020)
- Elizabeth Russo
- Frank De Masi
- Tony Hay OAM
- Alan Haselden
- Samuel Uno
- Ryan Tracey
- Robyn Preston
- Peter Gangemi
- Brooke Collins OAM
- Mike Thomas
- Raymond Harty OAM
- Reena Jethi
Every four years the residents and ratepayers of The Hills Shire elect 12 Councillors and the Mayor. The last election of Councillors for The Hills Shire Council was held on Saturday, 9 September 2017.
Prior to 2017 the Councillors elected the Mayor and Deputy Mayor on an annual basis. However, following a constitutional referendum in 2012 to determine the method of election of the Mayor, electors now cast a vote on who should be elected as Mayor for the full four year term.
Traditionally, the twelve Councillors elected to The Hills Shire Council, represent a Ward. Three Councillors are elected to each Ward (Central, North, East and West).
Prior to the proclamation dated 12 May 2016, whereby that part of the then Hills Shire Council below the M2 was moved to the City of Parramatta, the Hills Shire was divided into four wards. The proclamation removed all wards. Council resolved on 11 October 2016 to re-establish four wards after approval was received from the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Reinstatement of the four (4) Ward structure (Central, East, North and West) within The Hills Shire Council was gazetted on Tuesday 24 January 2017, effective immediately.
The 2012 Constitutional Referendum
The Constitutional Referendum conducted in conjunction with the elections on 8 September, 2012 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 2017 Council's Mayor is elected by the people rather than by fellow Councillors and there will be 13 Councillors on Council.