The NSW Government has announced a new date for the Local Government elections in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
Previously scheduled for Saturday 4 September 2021, the new date has been set for Saturday 4 December 2021.
The decision was made by Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock following consultation with NSW Health and the NSW Electoral Commission.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent will continue to hold office until a new Mayor is elected in December. Councillors will also retain their positions.
Mayor Pynsent said he remains committed to the role until he can officially hand over the reins.
“It’s unfortunate COVID-19 has once again impacted the NSW Local Government elections but I’m committed to staying on as Mayor for the additional time. The priority is to keep our community safe.”
“I will continue to work hard and advocate for the Cessnock LGA and thank all community members for doing the right thing to keep the virus out of the Hunter Valley”, he said.
The candidate nomination period has also been rescheduled. Where nominations previously opened on Monday 26 July and closed on Wednesday 4 August, candidates will now be eligible to nominate from Monday 25 October 2021 to Wednesday 3 November 2021.