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21 candidates to contest Clarence Valley Council election

A TOTAL of 21 candidates have will contest the Clarence Valley Council election to be held on Saturday, September 10.

The NSW Electoral Commission rolls closed at 12pm on Wesnesday, August 10, which is the fifth Wednesday before the poll.

2016 election returning officer Leisa Stout conducted the ballot drawer at Clarence Valley Council chambers at 4pm on Wednesday, August 10.

The council is guaranteed at least one new councillor. As expected, current deputy mayor Craig Howe, who announced in May that he would stepping down, has not nominated for re-election.

Here are the 21 candidates in alphabetical order (locality in brackets):

  • Andrew Baker (Harwood)*
  • Keith Bates (Grafton)
  • Greg Clancy (Coutts Crossing)
  • Elizabeth De Roos (Ilarwill)
  • Peter Ellem (Wooloweyah)
  • Trevor Ellem (Grafton)
  • John Hagger (Waterview Heights)
  • Sue Hughes (Yamba)*
  • Jason Kingsley (Great Marlow)*
  • Arthur Lysaught (Grafton)*
  • Margaret McKenna (South Grafton)*
  • Debrah Novak (Yamba)
  • John Riggall (Maclean)
  • Peta Rogers (The Whiteman)
  • Ian Saunders (Maclean)
  • Jim Simmons (Maclean)*
  • Brett Tibbett (Lanitza)
  • Karen Toms (Yamba)*
  • Ursula Tunks (South Grafton)
  • Marty Wells (Grafton)
  • Richie Williamson (Coutts Crossing)*

* Current councillor

View the full details from the NSW Electoral Commission here 


August 1: Nominations opened.

12pm, August 10: Rolls closed at noon on the fifth Wednesday before the poll. Registration of electoral material begins.

  • The returning officer will conduct a ballot drawer as soon as practicable after the close of nominations (4pm on Wednesday, August 10).

August 29: Pre-poll voting opens.

September 2: Registration of election material closes.

September 5: Postal votes applications close at 5pm.

September 9: Pre-poll voting closes at 6pm.

September 10: Polling day. Voting places open between 8am and 6pm.

September 12: Return of postal votes closes 6pm.

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