Voters in New South Wales will go to the polls on September 14 to elect their local councils for the next four years.
The previous council elections were due in September 2020, but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The election was then scheduled for September 2021, but was delayed until December 2021 due to the second COVID-19 lockdown in New South Wales.
This guide will not cover all 128 local government areas in New South Wales: instead it is focused on the 27 most populous councils. These are the only councils in New South Wales with a total population of 95,000 or more people.
25 of these councils were profiled in 2021. The only exceptions are Mid-Coast and Tweed, which I have added to expand the list.
There are approximately 5.5 million people living in these 27 council areas, as of 2022. That equates to 67.2% of the NSW population. There are 3.67 million voters enrolled in these local government areas as of November 2023, which is 65.5% of the total NSW electorate.
These guides feature maps and tables showing the results of the last election, a history of each local council, information about ward boundaries, lists of incumbent councillors and information about candidates running in this year’s election. There are also comment sections where you can discuss each council election. If you find errors or information in need of an update, you can contact me or post a comment.
There will be a lot more to say about the local government elections, looking at trends beyond a single local government area. You can keep track of all my blog posts on this topic using this tag.
This guide has been a tremendous effort and I have only had the time to work on it thanks to the support of donors via Patreon. If you find this guide useful please consider signing up for as little as $5 per month.
For now, most of these profiles are only available to those who sign up to support The Tally Room on Patreon for $5 or more per month. I have unlocked two of these profiles as a taste:
This map shows the councils which have been profiled in red. You can click on a council to find the link to the profile, along with some other information.