25 September, 2015
NSWALC Election 31 October – make your vote count, have your voice heard
Local Aboriginal Land Council members go to the polls next month in what is shaping as one of the most critical elections for the network.
On 31 October, eligible Local Aboriginal Land Council members will decide who will represent Aboriginal people in nine regions. NSWALC Chief Executive Officer Lesley Turner said that over the past 32 years, Local Aboriginal Land Council members had worked hard to build the best Land Rights system in Australia.
“But we can’t take that for granted. Only a big turnout on 31 October will ensure that Land Rights stays strong and continues to deliver for future generations.”
“To ensure Land Council members can have their say, they should check with their LALC to see if they are eligible to vote at the election.”
“We’re urging people to get out and vote because our Councillors play a key role in setting the strategic direction of NSWALC.
“By voting you are having a say in how the big decisions are made on land, housing, culture and economic development and how these activities benefit local people.”
Voting will take place at nominated polling booths between 8am and 6pm on Saturday, 31 October 2015. Find out where you can cast your vote at http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/alc_election/polling_places.
Eligible voters who are unable to attend on polling day can lodge a postal vote.
Postal voting is a two-step process. First you need to apply to the Electoral Commission for a postal vote. The Commission will then send out a hard copy ballot paper. Members need to vote then send the completed ballot paper to the Commission.
People can apply for a postal vote online at http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/alc_election/voting/postal_voting. Applications to cast a postal vote must be received by Friday, 23 October to ensure the NSW Electoral Commission can send ballot papers and instructions to eligible voters.
Complete ballot papers need to be received at the Commission by 31 October.
Nominations have also opened for candidates interested in contesting the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Election (NSWALC). Prospective candidates have until 12noon, Tuesday 6 October to nominate.
People intending to stand for the election need to fill in nomination forms and other documentation which is available on the NSW Electoral Commission website at https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/alc_election/nominations or by calling the Commission on 02 9290 5966.
For more information about the roles of Councillors and to keep up-to-date about the election, visit the NSWALC website at https://alc.org.au/land-councils/2015-nswalc-election.aspx and the NSW Electoral Commission website at http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/alc_election