Council elections postponed until December 4 due to COVID concerns

Delayed: The new election date will be Saturday, December 4. Picture: John Veage
Delayed: The new election date will be Saturday, December 4. Picture: John Veage

Labor's Fairfield Mayoral Candidate George Barcha has welcomed the decision to postpone the council elections to Saturday, December 4.

They were due to be held on September 4 after being put back a year from the scheduled 2020 date because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We appreciate that the government has listened to our concerns of the high risk of transmission during the election; the last thing we want is a break-out of the highly contagious Delta strain in our community," Mr Barcha said.

"I'd like to ask the community to remain united and obey the NSW Health-orders.

"Use online services as much as possible, minimise your personal shopping time out and use home delivery.

"Many organisations are providing food delivery services to your door; please lower your risk by using them. Check the NSW Health website daily for updates of close contact places, shops and premises."

Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock said the elections would be held on December 4 "after extensive consultation with and advice from the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health".

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current Public Health Orders impacting Greater Sydney, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Local Government elections until later this year," Mrs Hancock said.

iVote (electronic voting) will also be available for the first time in the local council elections and the NSW Government has implemented changes to pre-poll to ensure that voters have 13 days to cast their ballot, reducing congestion on polling day.

  • Nominations will open on October 25 and close on November 3. More information: olg.nsw.gov.au.