In response to the NSW Health stay at home order, Council services, facilities and events have been impacted. Important changes to the status of Council services will take place from Monday 18 October 2021.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the greater Newcastle and Hunter Valley areas, NSW Health has issued a stay at home order. Following the NSW Government's Roadmap to Reopening announcement, there will be further changes from Monday 18 October.
Published on 26 July 2021
The NSW Government has announced a new date for the Local Government elections in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
Previously scheduled for Saturday 4 September 2021, the new date has been set for Saturday 4 December 2021.
The decision was made by Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock following consultation with NSW Health and the NSW Electoral Commission.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent will continue to hold office until a new Mayor is elected in December. Councillors will also retain their positions.
Mayor Pynsent said he remains committed to the role until he can officially hand over the reins.
“It’s unfortunate COVID-19 has once again impacted the NSW Local Government elections but I’m committed to staying on as Mayor for the additional time. The priority is to keep our community safe.”
“I will continue to work hard and advocate for the Cessnock LGA and thank all community members for doing the right thing to keep the virus out of the Hunter Valley”, he said.
The candidate nomination period has also been rescheduled. Where nominations previously opened on Monday 26 July and closed on Wednesday 4 August, candidates will now be eligible to nominate from Monday 25 October 2021 to Wednesday 3 November 2021.
Both voters and prospective candidates can find out more via the NSW Electoral Commission and Office of Local Government websites.
All currently erected election signage is required to be removed until the electoral period officially begins (5 weeks prior to election day). Find out more on our 2021 Local Government Elections FAQ page under Candidates.