Local Government Elections 2021

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Lake Macquarie City Council's election will be administered by the NSW Electoral Commission. The election has been postponed by 3 months.

Voting will now be held on Saturday 4 December.

Becoming a Councillor is a great opportunity for people who are passionate about where they live to take an active role in shaping the future of their council area. It is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference and represent the interests of Lake Macquarie residents. There are a few steps involved in nominating for Council, so if you are considering becoming a candidate, it’s best to start the process early before the deadline of Wednesday 3 November.

What are the new dates?

The Local Government Elections have been postponed by 3 months and rescheduled to 4 December 2021.

New dates include:

25 October
Electoral roll closes (6pm)
25 October
Candidate nominations open
3 November
Candidate nominations close (12pm)
3 November
Registration of electoral materials commences
5 November
Caretaker period commences
22 November
Pre-poll voting opens
29 November
Postal vote applications close (5pm)
3 December
Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
4 December
Election day (8am-6pm)

How can I nominate to become a Councillor?

If you are passionate about what happens in your local community, becoming a Councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents.

If you are considering becoming a candidate it is recommended you understand the process that is involved and the laws that apply to how you campaign and raise and spend money campaigning.

For more information, NSW Electoral Commission have developed six steps to being a candidate.

 

Who needs to vote?

Voting is compulsory for this Local Government Election on 4 December 2021.

Lake Macquarie City is divided into three wards; North, East and West. Residents who are enrolled to vote, elect a Mayor and four Councillors to represent their respective ward (see your ward).

Traditionally elected Councillors serve a four year term, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic the NSW Local Government Elections were postponed in 2020, meaning that Councillors elected in this year’s election will serve a three year term.

Information on how elections work and understanding your responsibilities as a voter is available online NSW Electoral Commissions.

Where can I vote on election day?

Voting in person is the most popular way to vote as it is quick and easy. Election day is 4 December 2021 and election staff and officials will be available on the day if you need help.

The polling places will be progressively updated as we receive more information from the NSW Electoral Commission regarding the replanning of the elections. 

To view locations via an interactive map, search for your address or find out the facilities at each venue visit NSW Electoral Commission for more details.

Find your nearest polling place below:

Venue Ward Address
All Saints Anglican Church Belmont East Ward 24 Church Street, Belmont NSW 2280
Arcadia Vale Public School West Ward Glade Street, Arcadia Vale NSW 2283
Argenton Community Hall West Ward 7 Elizabeth Street, Argenton NSW 2284
Barnsley Public School North Ward Cliffbrook Street, Barnsley NSW 2278
Barnsley Public School West Ward Cliffbrook Street, Barnsley NSW 2278
Belmont High School East Ward Macquarie Drive, Belmont NSW 2280
Belmont Neighbourhood Centre East Ward 359 Pacific Highway, Belmont North NSW 2280
Belmont Public School East Ward 6 Livingstone Street, Belmont NSW 2280
Biraban Public School West Ward Beckley Street, Toronto NSW 2283
Blackalls Park Public School West Ward Charles Street, Blackalls Park NSW 2283
Blacksmiths Public School East Ward Amaroo Street, Blacksmiths NSW 2281
Bolton Point Community Hall West Ward 68A Middlepoint Road, Bolton Point NSW 2283
Bonnells Bay Public School West Ward Morisset Park Road, Bonnells Bay NSW 2264
Booragul Public School West Ward 2A Aspinall Street, Booragul NSW 2284
Cameron Park Community Centre North Ward 107 Northlakes Drive, Cameron Park NSW 2285
Cardiff Heights Baptist Church Hall North Ward 33 Main Road, Cardiff Heights NSW 2285
Cardiff North Public School North Ward Byron Street, Cardiff NSW 2285
Cardiff Public School North Ward Macquarie Road, Cardiff NSW 2285
Cardiff Public School West Ward Macquarie Road, Cardiff NSW 2285
Cardiff South Public School North Ward Lake Avenue, Cardiff South NSW 2285
Cardiff South Public School West Ward Lake Avenue, Cardiff South NSW 2285
Charlestown East Public School East Ward Bula Street, Charlestown NSW 2290
Charlestown East Public School North Ward Bula Street, Charlestown NSW 2290
Charlestown Public School East Ward 15 Frederick Street, Charlestown NSW 2290
Charlestown Public School North Ward 15 Frederick Street, Charlestown NSW 2290
Charlestown South Public School East Ward 9 Patricia Avenue, Charlestown NSW 2290
Charlestown South Public School North Ward 9 Patricia Avenue, Charlestown NSW 2290
Coal Point Public School West Ward Rofe Street, Coal Point NSW 2283
Cooranbong Public School West Ward Government Road, Cooranbong NSW 2265
Dora Creek District School of Performing Arts West Ward 2 Doree Place, Dora Creek NSW 2264
Dudley Senior Citizens Centre North Ward 96 Ocean Street, Dudley NSW 2290
Edgeworth Heights Public School North Ward Crest Avenue, Edgeworth NSW 2285
Edgeworth Public School North Ward Oakville Road, Edgeworth NSW 2285
Eleebana Public School East Ward Ian Street, Eleebana NSW 2282
Elermore Vale Public School North Ward Jubilee Road, Elermore Vale NSW 2287
Fassifern Public School West Ward 9 Miller Road, Fassifern NSW 2283
Fennell Bay Public School West Ward Bay Road, Fennell Bay NSW 2283
Floraville Public School East Ward 78 Floraville Road, Floraville NSW 2280
Garden Suburb Public School North Ward Progress Place, Garden Suburb NSW 2289
Glendale East Public School North Ward 8 Margot Avenue, Glendale NSW 2285
Hillsborough Public School North Ward 83 Waratah Avenue, Charlestown NSW 2290
Hunter Sports High School East Ward Pacific Highway, Gateshead NSW 2290
Jewells Primary School East Ward 20 Lepton Parade, Jewells NSW 2280
Kahibah Public School North Ward Frith Street, Kahibah NSW 2290
Kilaben Bay Community Hall West Ward Kilaben Road, Kilaben Bay NSW 2283
Kotara High School North Ward 65 Lexington Parade, Adamstown Heights NSW 2289
Kotara South Public School North Ward Rae Crescent, Kotara NSW 2289
Lake Macquarie City Council East Ward 126-138 Main Road, Speers Point NSW 2284
Lake Macquarie City Council North Ward 126-138 Main Road, Speers Point NSW 2284
Lake Macquarie City Council West Ward 126-138 Main Road, Speers Point NSW 2284
Lakelands Community Hall West Ward Ambleside Circuit, Lakelands NSW 2284
Marks Point Public School East Ward Findon St, Marks Point NSW 2280
Morisset Public School West Ward Terrigal Street, Morisset NSW 2264
Mount Hutton Public School East Ward 12 Dunkley Parade, Mount Hutton NSW 2290
Mount Hutton Public School North Ward 12 Dunkley Parade, Mount Hutton NSW 2290
Nords Wharf Community Hall East Ward Marine Parade, Nords Wharf NSW 2281
Rathmines Theatre West Ward 25 Stilling Street, Rathmines NSW 2283
Redhead Public School East Ward 31 Hutchinson Street, Redhead NSW 2290
South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club West Ward 1A Sunshine Parade, Sunshine NSW 2264
Speers Point Public School West Ward Bell Street, Speers Point NSW 2284
Swansea High School East Ward 78 Park Avenue, Caves Beach NSW 2281
Swansea Public School East Ward Rawson Street, Swansea NSW 2281
Teralba Public School West Ward 57 York Street, Teralba NSW 2284
The Swansea Centre East Ward 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea NSW 2281
Toronto Multi-Purpose Centre West Ward 9 Thorne Street, Toronto NSW 2283
Valentine Progress Hall East Ward 20 Allambee Place, Valentine NSW 2280
Valentine Public School East Ward Tallawalla Road, Valentine NSW 2280
Wallsend South Public School North Ward Smith Road, Elermore Vale NSW 2287
Wangi Wangi Public School West Ward 37 Dobell Drive, Wangi Wangi NSW 2267
Warners Bay Baptist Church North Ward 64 Queen Street, Warners Bay NSW 2282
Warners Bay Baptist Church West Ward 64 Queen Street, Warners Bay NSW 2282
Warners Bay High School East Ward 1 Myles Avenue, Warners Bay NSW 2282
Warners Bay High School North Ward 1 Myles Avenue, Warners Bay NSW 2282
Warners Bay High School West Ward 1 Myles Avenue, Warners Bay NSW 2282
Warners Bay Public School West Ward Jones Avenue, Warners Bay NSW 2282
West Wallsend High School North Ward 2 Appletree Road, West Wallsend NSW 2286
Whitebridge High School North Ward 1 Lonus Avenue, Whitebridge NSW 2290
Windale Public School East Ward Kilfera Street, Windale NSW 2306
Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre West Ward 80 Hayden Brook Road, Woodrising NSW 2284
Wyee Community Hall West Ward 114 Wyee Road, Wyee NSW 2259

Where are the pre-polling places to vote early?

If you would like to vote in person, but you are unable to get to a voting centre or polling place on election day, you may be eligible to vote early or pre-poll.

Eligibility requirements to vote in person at a pre-poll venue for a local election are changing. This information will be available on the 2021 Local Government elections page closer to the election.

The pre-polling places will be progressively updated as we receive more information from the NSW Electoral Commission regarding the replanning of the elections.

Venue Address Dates Opening hours
Belmont Scout Hall 52 Ernest Street, Belmont NSW 2280 22 Nov 2021 - 03 Dec 2021 Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Charlestown Library Meeting Room 42 Ridley Street, Charlestown NSW 2290 22 Nov 2021 - 03 Dec 2021 Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Cooranbong Community Centre 614 Freemans Drive, Cooranbong NSW 2265 22 Nov 2021 - 03 Dec 2021 Mon - Thu: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Fri: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Lake Macquarie City Council 126-138 Main Road, Speers Point NSW 2284 22 Nov 2021 - 03 Dec 2021 Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Pasterfield Sports Complex 18 Horizon Avenue, Cameron Park NSW 2285 22 Nov 2021 - 03 Dec 2021 Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Swansea Centre Meeting Rooms 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea NSW 2282 22 Nov 2021 - 03 Dec 2021 Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Toronto Library Meeting Rooms 7 Pemell Street, Toronto NSW 2283 22 Nov 2021 - 03 Dec 2021 Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm

 

Which ward do I belong to?

Lake Macquarie City is divided into three wards; North, East and West. Residents who are enrolled to vote, elect a Mayor and four Councillors to represent their respective ward.

Contact the NSW Electoral Commission if you are not sure where you are enrolled or if you are voting for the first time.

View list of suburbs for each ward

Am I eligible to vote?

If you are a resident of the Lake Macquarie City Council Local Government Area, you can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission.

Council does not hold electoral information for local residents.

How to enrol to vote or update details

If you are eligible to vote you must enrol to vote or you may be fined if you do not enrol or vote in elections.

Register to vote and keep your details up to date online at NSW Electoral Commission.

Where is the returning office located?

These details may change due to the Local Government Elections being postponed. Please refer back to this page to confirm closer. 

The returning office for Lake Macquarie will be located:

19 Groves Road, Bennetts Green NSW 2290

Dates: 15 November 2021 - 3 December 2021

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm.

Can I vote if I am not a resident of Lake Mac?

If you are not a resident, you may be entitled to vote if you own, occupy or lease property in Lake Macquarie City as a corporation, business or individual.

Check if you're eligible

The non-residential roll will not close on Monday 26 July at 6pm due to the rescheduled election day and instead will do so in 3 months’ time.

To claim for inclusion on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land or the roll of occupiers and ratepaying lessees you will need to complete one of the below forms and submit to Lake Macquarie City Council.

Form for individual owners, occupiers and ratepaying lessees

Form for nomination of an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees

The form must be received by the CEO of Lake Macquarie City Council by Monday 25 October 2021 via post, hand delivered to the Administration Building or emailed to council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

If you have further questions, contact Council.

What happens if I do not vote?

Voting is compulsory for Lake Macquarie City residents.

If you do not vote and you don't have a valid reason, you will be fined $55 by the NSW Electoral Commission. Apparent failure to vote notices are distributed within three months of an election event.

Council does not issue the fines and more information about penalties for not voting is available at NSW Electoral Commission.

How do I register my interest to work at the Local Government Elections?

You can register your interest to work at the Local Government Elections being held on Saturday 4 December 2021.

A variety of roles are available, from work at a polling place on Election Day to longer-running opportunities at a returning office or pre-poll voting centre.

You can register your interest for employment via the Electoral Commission NSW.