Council Elections

The inaugural Edward River Council elections are scheduled to take place on Saturday, 9 September 2017.

The proclamation of the Edward River Council provides that there will be nine councillors, including the Mayor. The position of Mayor will be elected by councillors and will serve a one year term.

Leading the way - Becoming a councillor

If you are passionate about our local community, serving as a councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of local residents.

Energy and a ‘can do’ desire to make a difference are important qualities for councillors. You will be inclusive, approachable and willing to work across communities and make decisions that benefit and provide opportunity for the whole local government area.

Councils may be local in focus, but they’re strategic in outlook. As a councillor, you’ll also be willing to balance good local outcomes with sound decision making to bring about long-lasting community benefits for current and future generations.

Important qualities of a successful councillor include:

  • Team player who enjoys working with others to make a difference;
  • Problem solver who is willing to make courageous decisions in the interests of the community;
  • Organised and able to keep track of different meetings, events, information and timelines;
  • Good listener who is interested in understanding the views of all community members;
  • Ethical, open and accountable; and
  • Respectful of community members, council staff and other councillors.

If you are interested in standing for election as a councillor on Edward River Council or want to learn more about the role and responsibilities of councillors, the Office of Local Government website features a range of resources which you may find useful and informative. The OLG has also produced the below publication for prospective candidates:


Candidate Briefing sessions

Council is hosting two Candidate Briefings aimed at enabling those interested in becoming a councillor to gain a better understanding of the role and responsibilities as an elected member of Council.

Topics covered in the Candidate Briefings will include understanding the role of Council and the role of the Councillors, challenges of the role and how to meet them, importance of speaking out on key issues and how to do this confidently, and meeting procedures and rules of debate.

Candidate Briefings are scheduled for:

  • Monday, 17 July 2017: 6.00pm - 8.30pm, Edward River Council Chambers, 180 Cressy Street, Deniliquin; and
  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017: 9.00am - 11.30am, Edward River Council Chambers, 180 Cressy Street, Deniliquin.

Attendees can confirm their attendance by contacting Mrs Belinda Perrett, Executive Assistant, on (03) 5898 3040 or via email at

Election information

Council elections for Edward River Council will be held on Saturday, 9 September 2017, with polling stations open from 8.00am to 6.00pm. The NSW Electoral Commission has determined that the following venues will be used as polling stations:

Venue Address
Blighty Public School   Blighty School Road, Blighty
Conargo Public School  Conargo Road, Conargo 
Deniliquin Dental Clinic  2 Macauley Street, Deniliquin 
Deniliquin High School  Harfleur Street, Deniliquin
Deniliquin North Public School    Victoria Street, Deniliquin
Edward Public School  Butler Street, Deniliquin

It is compulsory for all Australian citizens aged 18 years and over to be on the electoral roll for the address at which they live and to vote at local council elections. 

If you are unsure where you are enrolled to vote, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website to confirm your enrolment or contact the NSW Electoral Commission on 1300 135 736 between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Edward River Council local government area

Download the Edward River Council boundary information here:

Frequently Asked Questions

Download a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the election, nominating as a councillor, and enrolling to vote here: