12 April, 2024

Interested in becoming a councillor?

ARE you interested in shaping the future of Warrnambool?

With council elections being held later this year, now is the time to learn more about leadership opportunities that enable you to make a difference. 

   Councils are the closest level of government to the community.

To represent their communities successfully, they need great quality candidates to put their hand up for election.   

   Potential council candidates are encouraged to engage with the Municipal Association of Victoria’s (MAV) Stand for Council campaign.  

   To support potential candidates Warrnambool City Council, in partnership with the MAV, is hosting an information session to provide information and inspiration.  

   The session, for the Barwon-South West region, will be held at the Lighthouse Theatre on June 27.  

   The MAV will also be providing a ‘Citizen to Councillor Guide 2024’.

This guide is for prospective candidates to further understand the roles and responsibilities of a councillor and the importance of this elected position.  

   Warrnambool City Council acting chief executive officer Luke Coughlan said the importance of strong local leadership could not be understated.  

“For a council to be effective it needs community leaders to put their hands up and become candidates,” Mr Coughlan said.  

“I encourage anyone considering standing in the election later this year to come along or log into the information session and use the resources of the MAV’s Stand for Council campaign.”

MAV chief executive officer Kelly Grisby said the MAV Stand for Council campaign was designed to encourage and support a diverse range of candidates from across the Victorian community, including First Nations, and new and emerging communities. 

   “If you are thinking of nominating for council as a candidate, these sessions and resources will help you to further consider the broad responsibilities of a councillor, the wide range of issues you will be required to make decisions about and the time commitment,” Ms Grigsby said.

  For more information on the MAV Stand for Council campaign go to


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