Maroondah City Council, Wonga Ward by-election

Voters in Wonga Ward in Maroondah City Council will vote in a postal by-election this March. 

This by-election will be held to elect a new councillor for Wonga Ward after the resignation of Councillor Nora Lamont.

Enrolment

The roll for this by-election closed at 4 pm on Friday 21 January.

Am I enrolled?

If you are a State-enrolled voter in Wonga Ward, you must vote.

Check my enrolment

If you are a council-enrolled voter in Wonga Ward, we encourage you to vote but you won’t be fined if you don’t.

For more information about council enrolment, read Enrolling for council elections.

If you will be away or have changed address

You can apply to have your ballot pack redirected if:

  • you will be away when ballot packs are mailed (after Tuesday 22 February) or
  • your mailing address has changed since the close of roll (Friday 21 January).

If you moved within or out of Wonga Ward since the close of roll you must vote or risk a fine.

Download the ballot pack redirection form.

To submit your application: 

  • scan or take a clear photo of it and email it to redirections@vec.vic.gov.au
  • post it to:
    Election manager 
    Maroondah City Council, Wonga Ward by-election
    c/- Victorian Electoral Commission
    Level 11, 530 Collins Street
    Melbourne 3000 VIC

Applications close at 5 pm on Thursday 3 February.

Voting

Voting in the Wonga Ward by-election this March will be by post.

We will post ballot packs to enrolled voters from Tuesday 22 February to Thursday 24 February.

The ballot pack will contain:

  • a ballot paper attached to statements and photographs lodged by the candidates in the by-election
  • a ballot paper envelope with a flap
  • a multi-language leaflet
  • a reply-paid envelope.

How to vote

Follow the instructions on the ballot pack to complete your vote. Make sure you post or hand-deliver it to the election office before 6 pm on Friday 11 March.

Local mail clearance times vary. Check your local mail clearance times so your vote is in the mail on time.

Who must vote?

You must vote if you are a State-enrolled voter as at 4 pm on Friday 21 January.

If you do not vote you may be fined.

Who can vote?

If you are a council-enrolled voter we encourage you to vote, but you won't be fined if you don't. Find out more about council-enrolled voters.

Contact Maroondah City Council on 03 9294 5509 if you have any questions.

If you will be away or have changed address

You can apply to have your ballot pack redirected if:

  • you will be away when ballot packs are mailed (after Tuesday 22 February) or
  • your mailing address has changed since the close of roll (Friday 21 January).

If you moved within or out of Wonga Ward since the close of roll you must vote or risk a fine.

Download the ballot pack redirection form.

To submit your application: 

  • scan or take a clear photo of it and email it to redirections@vec.vic.gov.au
  • post it to:
    Election manager 
    Maroondah City Council, Wonga Ward by-election
    c/- Victorian Electoral Commission
    Level 11, 530 Collins Street
    Melbourne 3000 VIC

Applications close at 5 pm on Thursday 3 February.

If you own more than one property in the ward

You are enrolled once and will get one vote for this by-election.

If you are a State-enrolled voter you are enrolled at your principal address only and must vote.

If you are a council-enrolled voter with more than one address in the ward you are enrolled once and will get one ballot pack only. Contact Maroondah City Council on 03 9294 5509 if you have any questions about which property you are enrolled for.

Large print or braille ballot packs

If you are blind or have low vision you can register to receive a ballot pack in large print or braille. You do not need to register again if you have registered for past elections.

Please call 03 8620 1222 before Tuesday 1 February. Late registrations cannot be accepted.

Candidates

If you wish to stand as a candidate in this by-election nominations will:

  • open on Thursday 3 February
  • close at 12 noon on Tuesday 8 February

Information session

We will be holding an information session online at 6 pm on Tuesday 1 February for anyone who would like to know more about becoming a candidate in this by-election.

What devices can you use to participate?

  • any PC or Mac computer
  • any smartphone
  • any tablet device.

Download and install the Cisco Webex Meetings app from Google Play (Android) or App Store (Apple). 

Testing your device

You can check that your device can connect to Cisco Webex by joining a test meeting.

Joining the information session

Register for candidate information session

You will be able to join the session 15 minutes before it begins.

Candidate Information Kits with nomination forms and other by-election information will be available from the election office from Wednesday 2 February.  

You can also download the timeline and a candidate handbook for postal by-elections.

How to nominate

A Candidate Helper application is available to help you to complete your:

  • nomination form
  • candidate statement
  • candidate questionnaire.

Go to Candidate Helper

Watch a Candidate Helper tutorial

To nominate you must:

  • complete a nomination form
  • complete the mandatory Local Government Candidate Training. This free training takes about an hour to complete, and you’ll need to show that you've completed it within 2 years of Saturday 12 March when nominating
  • make an appointment to submit your completed nomination form in person with the election manager. The election office will open on Wednesday 2 February
  • pay a nomination fee of $250

Candidate statement and questionnaire 

To give voters information about you background, qualifications and what you stand for, you may include a:

  • candidate statement - a statement of up to 300 words
  • candidate questionnaire - responses to questions about your experience and qualifications
  • photo

This information will be publicly available.

Candidate statements, photos and questionnaires must be submitted before 12 noon on Wednesday 9 February.

Go to Candidate Helper

Watch a Candidate Helper tutorial

Who can become a candidate?

To learn about the nominations process you can:

Campaign donations

By law candidates must disclose donations and gifts they receive in the lead up to a by-election. For more information visit the Local Government Inspectorate's website.