Council Elections & Referendums

The Hills Shire Council West Ward By-Election

The Hills Shire Council will be holding a by-election on Saturday 28 July 2018 to elect one candidate for the West Ward of Council.

The NSW Electoral Commission will be conducting the By-election on behalf of The Hills Shire Council.

You can download the official Notice of By-Election below.

Formal Notice of Council By-Election 2018(PDF, 95KB)

In accordance with s290 and s294 of the Local Government (General) Regulations, you are able to download candidate information sheets here following the close of nominations on 27 June, 2018.

Check which ward you are in to see if you need to vote in the Council By-Election?

You can check your ENROLEMENT details here (and sign up for an election reminder)

You can view a WEST WARD MAP here

  • Voting is compulsory for all West Ward residents and the electoral roll and fines apply for failing to vote.
  • All other Wards do not need to vote.
  • The by-election is required under the Local Government Act 1993 following the resignation of a Hills Shire Councillor from Civic Office in May 2018.
  • Traditionally, the twelve Councillors elected to The Hills Shire Council, represent a Ward.

As outlined in Section 266 of the Act, you are entitled to vote in Local Government elections if:

  • he or she is a resident of the ward, or
  • he or she is not a resident of the ward but is an owner of rateable land in the ward, or
  • he or she is an occupier, or ratepaying lessee, of rateable land in a ward.
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Voting on By-Election Day (Polling Places)

Voting will take place on Saturday, 28 July 2018 between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

A list of polling places for west ward residents is available online here


Download the West Ward By-Election 2018 - Polling Location Map(PDF, 203KB)


Voting before By-Election Day

There is no absent voting at local government (council) elections. If you know you’ll be outside of the Ward on By-Election Day, you can request a postal vote or make a pre-poll vote.

Postal vote applications can be made until 5pm on Monday 23 July, 2018.

Applications are available:

  • From the Returning Officer – Mr Wayne Donaldson, Baulkham Hills Community Centre – 390 Windsor Road, Baulkham Hills (access off Conie Avenue, Baulkham Hills) Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm until 23 July, 2018.
  • Download PDF Application Form here.


Pre-poll voting ends at 6pm Friday, 27 July 2018.

There is one venue available for pre-poll voting:

Baulkham Hills Community Centre located at 390 Windsor Road, Baulkham Hills (access off Conie Avenue, Baulkham Hills) Currently open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm and from 8:30am - 6pm on Friday 27 July, 2018.

Non-Residential Voters

The non-residential rolls contain the name and address of all those with an entitlement to vote as non-residents, as verified by the New South Wales Electoral Commission.


You’re an individual Non-Residential Voter if:

You are a person who owns, occupies or leases property within The Hills Shire Local Government Area, and you are not a resident of The Hills Shire Local Government Area. This may include where you operate a business from your premises as a sole trader.

You’re a corporation Non-Residential Voter if:

Your organisation is established as a body corporate under current legislation, for example a corporation established as such under the Corporations Act 2001, trade union established under the Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW) or an incorporated association registered under the Associations Incorporations Act 2009 (NSW). For further clarification we suggest you seek your own legal advice. Alternatively, submit the required forms to the Council and we will process them, in order to determine eligibility.

How many times can my name appear on the electoral roll?

A person can only appear once on the electoral roll.

For example, if you are enrolled as a resident of The Hills Shire Local Government Area, you cannot also be included on the non-residential roll even if you are nominated as a company officer for a company that occupies property within The Hills Shire Local Government Area.

Likewise, regardless of how many rateable properties you own, occupy or lease, by yourself or with others, in The Hills Shire Local Government Area, you may only appear once on the electoral roll.

How many votes can a person have?

Any person can only vote once regardless of the number of rateable properties they own, occupy or lease in The Hills Shire Local Government Area.

More detailed information on eligibility can be obtained from the NSW Electoral Commission website or phone 1300 135 736.

Interpreter Service

The NSWEC provides free language assistance through the telephone interpreter service of the Department of Immigration.

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) National Telephone 13 14 50.

For Hearing Impaired

If you are deaf, or have a hearing impairment or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service


By-Election - Key Dates & Deadlines for Candidates

In the lead up to the by-election there are some deadlines that must be met if you are planning on nominating for election to Council. Some key election dates and information for prospective candidates are provided below:-

Key By-Election Dates

West Ward By-Election Calendar(PDF, 233KB)

(as currently advertised by the NSW Electoral Commission)

  • 18 June, 2018 - Close of Authorised Roll and Close of Non-Residential Role (6.00pm) Nominations as a Candidate for the Election open
  • 27 June, 2018 - Close of Nominations (12.00noon), Registration of Electoral Material (how-to-vote) commences
  • 16 July, 2018 - Pre-poll voting opens
  • 20 July, 2018 - Registration of electoral material closes (5.00pm)
  • 23 July, 2018 - Postal vote applications close (5.00pm)
  • 27 July, 2018 - Pre-poll voting closes (6.00pm)
  • 28 July, 2018 - By-ELECTION DAY
  • 30 July, 2018 - Return of postal votes closes (6.00pm)
  • 2 August, 2018 – Declaration of Results by the Returning Officer


By-Election Signage

Exempt Provisions of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Code) 2008 in relation to election signs

An election sign is as a temporary advertisement advertising a political candidate or candidates, a registered political party or a campaign for a local government election.

Candidates for the election can erect election signage without approval provided consent is gained from the owner of the land on which the sign is placed and that the sign complies with the development standards below:

  • not be more than 0.8m2 in area, and
  • if on the site of a heritage item or draft heritage item-not be attached to a building, and
  • be displayed by or on behalf of a candidate at an election referred to in clause 2.106 or the party (if any) of any such candidate, and
  • be displayed in accordance with any relevant requirements of the Act under which the election is held, and
  • be displayed only during the following periods:
  1. Five (5) weeks immediately preceding the day on which the election is held,
  2. The day on which the election is held,
  3. One (1) week immediately following the day on which the election is held.

Endeavour Energy request that election signs not be placed on their power poles or other network assets during the upcoming election campaign. They advise that the unauthorised use of their network to post signs is a breach of both the Electricity Supply Act 1995 and the Graffiti Control Act 2008 and breaches strict safety rules for working on or near electricity infrastructure, particularly when poles and streetlight columns are adjacent to public roads.

Should posters or advertising appear on their assets, they will remove them and invoice the organisation responsible for the cost of doing so.

For more information about registration, nomination, election campaign finances, voting and other election processes, as well as important dates and deadlines, go to the NSW Electoral Commission website.

2017 Election Results

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)

Central Ward

  • Elizabeth Russo
  • Frank De Masi
  • Tony Hay OAM


East Ward

  • Alan Haselden
  • Samuel Uno
  • Ryan Tracey


North Ward

  • Robyn Preston
  • Peter Gangemi
  • Brooke Collins OAM

West Ward

  • Mike Thomas
  • Raymond Harty OAM (resigned effective 1 May, 2018)
  • Reena Jethi

About Council Elections and Wards

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:

YES 49,018
NO 43,702
TOTAL 92,720
TOTAL 100,675

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.