Take a stand for the animals – NSW Local Government Council Elections 2017

Known as the third tier of government, it is easy to under-estimate the power and influence councils have with outcomes for animals across many species and strategic planning, and shaping the future direction of communities. Animal related concerns and issues can vary considerably across metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

Consider some of the following animal impacts directly influenced by local government councils’.

  • Pound and shelter operation and management for companion animals.
  • Management of the Companion Animals Act and how local laws are made and enforced.
  • Operation, management and enforcement with boarding kennels.
  • Reviewing approving and monitoring of development applications for breeding facilities including for greyhounds, puppy factories, intensive factory farms, slaughterhouses and saleyards.
  • Reviewing and assessing applications for animals used for entertainment, sport or profit including circuses, rodeos, petting zoos, pet shops and laboratories.
  • Reviewing and assessing development applications which relate to land clearing/development and corresponding impacts to native wildlife, including habitat, groundwater and surface water impacts.

Taking on the role of a councillor is a very important responsibility, It requires a big commitment in terms of time, energy and lots of after hours meetings. Councillors are responsible to all in their community for a four year term. In the case of merged council areas, this may require investing significant time in getting to know expanded local areas and becoming familiar with new and emerging issues.

What is an essential first step, is understanding the role and responsibilities involved with being a councillor. This guide produced by the NSW Office of Local Government provides some insight:

becoming a councillor 

The Animal Justice Party encourages suitable members to consider running for council elections in their own areas. We will endeavour to help those willing to put their hand up to better prepare. For other AJP members, we will provide you with a greater understanding of local government so you are better equipped to raise pertinant questions with candidates and help to get animals on the agenda. Others may wish to provide volunteer campaign support for AJP candidates.

In coming newsletters we will cover the what, why, who and how of local government, the process  for prospective candidates and groups looking to contest the 2017 NSW Local Council Elections and key dates.

click here  to see the full list of council elections

AJP Candidate Key Dates

21 July 2017                         5pm                          Applications received at AJP Office

28 July 2017                         5pm                          NSW Committee approval of candidates

contact Carol on o417 438 174 or email nsw.deputyconvenor@animaljusticeparty.org