General elections for the City of Palmerston Council and office of the Mayor are held every four years, as outlined in the Local Government Act.
If a vacancy arises on Council during the four year term, a by-election is held and must take place within three months of the vacancy arising.
Since May 2012, the NT Electoral Commission conducts all Council elections and voting is compulsory. On 29 June 2017, the Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy placed the City of Palmerston Council under official management and appointed Mr Mark Blackburn as the official manager.
The next general election for the City of Palmerston will be held on 17 March 2018.
CANDIDATE INFORMATION SESSION
On Tuesday 12 December 2017, City of Palmerston held an informal information session with Q&A for potential candidates interested in running at the next general election for Palmerston.
Presentations were heard from guest speakers from the Local Government Association NT, NT Electoral Commission and City of Palmerston.
This session was the first in a series of sessions for potential candidates leading up to the Palmerston Council election in March
2018. It provided an opportunity for potential candidates to meet key people within local government and ask questions.
Copies of the presentations made at this session are available below.
- NTEC Being a Candidate Presentation
- CoP Election Information Session
- LGANT Why Council 2018 Prospective Candidates
A more detailed information session covering topics such as role and expectations of Elected Members, policies and procedures,
support that is available, the process of eligibility and how to nominate, as a candidate for Council election will be held in January 2018
Nominations for the next general election for Palmerston open on 2 February 2018.