Local government elections

Kempsey Shire Council by-election

Key points

  • The voters of Kempsey Shire will return to the polls on Saturday 30 July 2022 for a local government by-election.
  • At this election, all eight Councillor roles for the Kempsey local government area must be filled. All current Councillors are eligible to run and other people may nominate as well.
  • The mayoral election will not be recontested. Mayor Leo Hauville will remain in his role until 2024.
  • The NSW Electoral Commission announced the election date on Monday 6 June 2022.
  • To update your enrolment details or obtain a residential enrolment form, visit aec.gov.au or call 13 23 26. Enrolment forms must be received by 6pm on Monday 20 June 2022.
  • Non-residential enrolment's must completed through Council, not the AEC.  You must re-enrol for every election.

    Required enrolment forms for non-resident owners of rateable land, or occupiers and ratepaying lessees can be found below:

For more information on the upcoming election, see the NSW Electoral Commission's Kempsey Shire Council election page.

Supreme Court decision on Councillor election

In December, the NSW Electoral Commission revealed that some users of their iVote system had been unable to gain access to the system to vote in the local government elections on Saturday 4 December 2021. This was due to technical issues in the process run by the commission.

In Kempsey Shire Council's case, 34 electors had been approved by the Electoral Commission but were unable to vote and did not vote by other means.

After analysing the potential outcomes across New South Wales, John Schmidt, the Electoral Commissioner for New South Wales, determined that there was no material impact except in three contests, one of which was the Kempsey Councillor election.

As a result, the Commissioner sought a series of orders in the Supreme Court, including a declaration that our Councillor election, conducted on 4 December 2021, be declared void.

On 5 April 2022, the NSW Supreme Court handed down its orders on the NSW Electoral Commission's successful application to void the result of the 4 December election in Kempsey Shire. The court ordered that a new election be held. This decision was announced on Thursday 17 March.

The court ruled the election of the eight Councillors void effective 3 May 2022, requiring a by-election within three months of that date. The NSW Electoral Commission was also required to pay Council’s legal costs. 

The Kempsey Mayoral election was not materially impacted and the election of Mayor Leo Hauville was not challenged by the Electoral Commission. Mayor Hauville will therefore stay in office until 2024.

On Monday 6 June 2022, the NSW Electoral Commission announced the by-election date of 30 July 2022.

For more information, see Kempsey Councillors election result overturned and Kempsey to return to the polls by August

Election results 2021

The full election results for Kempsey Shire are available from the NSW Electoral Commission.

On 21 December 2021, Leo Hauville was announced as the next Mayor of Kempsey Shire. View the Declaration of Mayor here(PDF, 180KB)

On 23 December 2021, the following candidates were declared elected as Councillors:

  • Simon Fergusson
  • Liz Campbell
  • V Craigie 
  • Arthur Bain
  • Alexandra Wyatt
  • Joshua Freeman 
  • Kerri Riddington
  • Anthony Patterson.

View the Declaration of Councillors here(PDF, 329KB)

When was the election?

In New South Wales, local government elections (or Council elections) are normally held every four years. At these elections, you have the opportunity to vote for local candidates to become Councillors. The elected Councillors then normally serve Kempsey Shire Council for a four-year term.

The last election was held on Saturday 4 December 2021. In 2020, the NSW Government postponed the election for a year, to September 2021, due to COVID-19. In July, the NSW Government further postponed the election from September to December 2021.

Becoming a Councillor

Kempsey Shire Council’s Mayor and eight Councillors are elected by their local community. 

As democratically elected representatives, Councillors work together to make decisions about what Council will do to meet community needs and how to spend money in the best interests of the shire - see How Council works.

If you are passionate about your local community then you already have what it takes to become a Councillor. Being a Councillor is a rewarding opportunity to: 

  • make well-informed decisions in the interests of your local community 
  • influence the long-term vision and direction of your community 
  • facilitate communication between Council and community members
  • work with diverse and passionate people on a range of issues 
  • uphold and represent the policies and decisions of Council
  • learn new skills, such as public speaking and advocacy

The NSW Office of Local Government has resources on becoming a Councillor.

Past election results

Past election results are available on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website.