Shelley Hancock, Minister for Local Government has appointed 4 December 2021 as the day on which the ordinary elections for all councils in New South Wales are to be held.
The Greens vote increases at every election. Let's raise it again.
In 2017, Wollongong elected two Greens councillors, Mithra Cox in Ward 1 (the northern area) and Cath Blakey in Ward 2 (the central area). We had two Greens councillors on the previous council too. Over the years, your Greens councillors have already made a difference to Wollongong, with local solutions to make our wonderful city an even better place to live.
Some of our changes are about asking council to lead by example: Wollongong council is now committed to using energy with care and to improving recycling. The Green New Deal is all about new jobs in new industries that protect the environment and care for people.
Our councillors have shown what they care about, that they are have a clear vision and that they are effective. They have been able to work collaboratively and constructively with other Wollongong City Councillors across the political spectrum. Many of the things that matter locally do not have to be made into party political issues.
Wollongong elects a Lord Mayor and 12 Councillors. There are 3 wards, each with 4 elected Councillors, and we now have Greens Councillors in two of them: Wards 1 and 2. This election we hope to increase the number of Greens Councillors, including one in Ward 3 and our second in Ward 1. To check which ward you live in, have a look at the Ward Map.
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We'd like to highlight our priority candidates in all three wards.
"We will work for local solutions to make our wonderful city an even better place to live."
(Left to right: Mithra, Bronwyn, Cath, Jess)
Ward 1: Mithra Cox, Councillor in Ward 1 since 2017. Mithra is also the Greens mayoral candidate. Mithra is a musician and environmental educator who has nearly 20 years experience working in public administration, including local government and the NSW Parliament. More about Mithra.
We have a chance of getting two councillors elected in Ward 1. Second on the list is Bronwyn Batten. More about Bronwyn.
Ward 2: Cath Blakey, Councillor in Ward 2 since 2017. Cath has worked in nature conservation, local government, and co-operative business. More about Cath.
Ward 3: Jess Whittaker is a paramedic, and a well-known advocate for environmental issues in Ward 3. We could get a Greens councillor in Ward 3. More about Jess.
Mayoral candidate: Mithra Cox.
For information on this election, and to check that you are registered, go to the Electoral Commission's website.