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Local Government Elections

Election Date

Local Government elections were held on Saturday 10 September 2016.

For information regarding the elections visit


To view the results for Mayor click here.

To view the results for Councillor click here.

Conduct of Election

The NSW Electoral Commission is contracted by Council to conduct the election on their behalf and the Commission appoint a Returning Officer to administer the election process (see further information under The Process heading, below).

For this local government election both Byron Shire Council and Ballina Shire Council are sharing a Returning Officer, who will be based in Ballina.  Contact details are as follows:

Office location
1-3/5 Clarke Street
Ballina  NSW  2478
Office hours
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm
Phone: 02 6698 4100
FAX:    02 9151 1455  

The Process

Local Government elections and by-elections are conducted in a legal environment in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) is responsible for the conduct of all Local Government elections to ensure that the elections are conducted independently and impartially.

An independent Returning Officer is appointed by the NSWEC to each council area to conduct the election on behalf of and under the direction of the Electoral Commissioner.

The Electoral Commissioner appoints the polling places for council elections and the Returning Officer appoints the election officials.

Each council is required by law to meet the costs of the conduct of its election.  The NSWEC works with each council to establish agreed service levels.

State elections

For information on State Elections visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Federal elections

For information on Federal Elections visit the Australian Electoral Commission website.