Tag Archives: Shellharbour

…as the dust settles…

Following the council election I had three days away on a Pastors’ Renewal Retreat.  Pretty good timing, eh!

While I was away I had almost no information regarding the election result apart from Karen SMSing me the details as people reached the quota.

I had a courtesy call from Marianne Saliba on Sunday morning asking how I was and had I seen any results.  She told me that she had won a  seat and that I had, at that stage, .3 of a quota which, in her opinion, was not going to reach the mark.

So it is with some disapointment and also some relief that I have come home to being a  citizen but not a  councillor.

For those that haven’t heard the news it looks like this – in order of the count –  Continue reading


Voting for the first time…

If you are voting for the first time it can be a  bit daunting.  It can also seem like a  bit of a drag; interrupting your Saturday and all.

But it is important.  And it is important that you have some idea of how it works and how to do it properly.

Hear are some earlier posts…. Continue reading

Your vote counts – as do your preferences…

When you vote, your vote counts.  That may sound a  bit obvious bit it needs to be said.  If you want you vote to really count you need to know a little about the system of voting we will be using.

NSW local government elections use an Optional Preferential Proportional Representation system.  What a mouth full.  I promise they are last big words I am going to use in this post.  Continue reading

Servant leadership

Coming out of the Christian tradition I am challenged by the words of Jesus in regard to leadership.   To those who listened to him and followed him he said:

“You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave.” Continue reading


If you are new to this voting thing it is worth getting clued in to what it’s all about.  You may not even be sure if you are enrolled to vote.  Click the link to get some good information… Continue reading

Oops, I forgot!!

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Forgetting to vote can be a  costly business.  Firstly, your vote counts and will make a difference.  Not voting makes a difference too, but a  possibly negative one.

Secondly there can be a fine!  That’s $$$s out of your pocket!

If you think you might mess up and forget, or if you just like to use tech stuff there is a neat little reminder service available from the electoral commission. Continue reading

This is serious mum!

It is now five weeks and four days to the Shellharbour Council Election and things are getting serious.

Up until today I have been saying I am thinking seriously about standing for council.   I, along with a  couple of friends, have thrown our hats into the ring.  Today we lodged our nominations with the returning officer.  They now have our names and our money! So this is getting serious.   Continue reading