At the western entrance to Bass Strait lies an idylic place known as King Island. An island rich in history, with shipwrecks, lighthouses and jagged reefs, bountiful with long stretching sandy beaches and lush green pasture. From our little paradise we produce some of Australia's finest natural foods for which we are probably best known including beef, cheese, crayfish & abalone, yet there is more to this 64km long by 27km wide stretch of land than first meets the eye.
Resignation of General Manager
After serving the King Island community since February 2010, the General Manager Mark Goode has resigned from Council effective from Friday 25 July 2014.
The Manager of Corporate Services Mrs Zoe Behrendt will assume the role of Acting General Manager.
Mr John White (a former King Island General Manager) has agreed to fill the interim General Manager position, commencing approximately 1 September 2014. He will remain in the position until such time as a permanent placement has been finalised.
Local Government Elections
Councils have a significant impact on the lives of all Tasmanians, enabling the economic, social and cultural development of the community, supporting individuals and groups, and providing a wide range of services for the wellbeing of the community.
Aldermen/councillors play a vital leadership role, working together to create and implement their community’s vision, strategic direction and the values within which they operate.
Mayors, deputy mayors and councillors are all elected for four-year terms. Mayors and deputy mayors are popularly elected.
The next Local Government elections will be held during October 2014.
By voting, you can help influence what sort of place your community will be. It is about your future so vote for the representative(s) you want. Talk to other people you know and encourage them to vote too.
Almost everyone over 18, living, owning or leasing property in a municipality (or Council area) can be eligible to vote.
You must be enrolled by 6pm, Thursday 18th September. Polling is conducted by post from Tuesday 14th October to 10am, Tuesday 28th October.
Standing as a Candidate
Whether you are a resident, property owner or business operator, becoming a Local Government councillor can be the most direct and rewarding way to contribute to your local community.
Standing for election provides you with a great opportunity to influence the future direction of the local community and help those who require support. It can be daunting and time-consuming, but also rewarding. Councils are complex and vibrant organisations that require talented and dedicated individuals to participate in making the decisions that count. It is an important decision.
The nomination period for candidates closes at noon on Monday 29th September.
Elections are conducted by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC). Information on dates and for those considering standing as a candidate is available from the TEC. (www.electoral.tas.gov.au/LocalGovernmentElections2014/index.html)
The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has produced a presentation and handbook for candidates, Becoming a Councillor (www.lgat.tas.gov.au/page.aspx?u=334) and are currently updating their resource guides for newly elected councillors and Mayors.
PO Box 147, Currie
King Island TAS 7256
Ph: 03 6462 9000
Fax: 03 6462 1313