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NSW COVID: Local Government Elections pushed back to December

Local Government Elections in NSW have been postponed to December 4 this year. Photo: Creative Commons.

By DANIEL LO SURDO

NSW Local Government Elections scheduled for September 4 this year have been postponed three months to December 4 as the COVID-19 outbreak throughout the state continues to grow.

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock MP announced Saturday night that December 4 would be the new date that elections would be held, revoking the order made on June 26 last year that postponed the elections to September 4 2021.

The Minister for Local Government also marked the 4th of December as the date for which any by-elections for any council in NSW are to be held.

The announcement comes after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that State Health officials recorded 163 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Friday night. Of these cases, 87 were linked to a known case or cluster, with the source of infection for the remaining 76 under investigation.

All of Greater Sydney entered a lockdown on June 26 which will remain until at least July 30.

With the September 4 date previously scheduled just over a month away, prospective candidates throughout the Local Government Areas of Greater Sydney and NSW had begun launching campaigns to gain election or re-election to council.

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