Council Elections

The Lachlan Shire Local Government Area is comprised of 5 Wards with two Councillors elected from each Ward. Ordinary elections for Councillors are held every four years. Councillors elect the Mayor bi-annually and Deputy Mayor annually at the September Ordinary Meeting of Council. 

Lachlan Shire by-election - Ward D

About this by-election

The Lachlan Shire Council by-election proposed for D Ward on Saturday 25 February 2023 has been deferred and a new date for the by-election will be announced in the coming weeks.

The by-election was deferred as no nominations were received by the nominated closing date of 25 January 2023.

Details of the revised by-election date will be available on the NSW Electoral Commission and Lachlan Shire Council websites once they have been confirmed.

Only people enrolled to vote in D Ward need to vote in the Lachlan Shire Council by-election and residents are reminded that voting is compulsory.

Not sure if you live in D Ward? Just check your enrolment on our website to find your Ward.

Election information for Ward D

Click here to view the Map of Lachlan Shire Council Local Government Area Wards(PDF, 7MB)


Click here to view the map: Lachlan Shire Council - Ward Boundary(PDF, 7MB)

Candidate Information

A range of resources are available for people considering standing for election to Council. Nominate as a candidate.(PDF, 140KB) 

The Office of Local Government is committed to inspiring and empowering more women to stand for their community and nominate to run for their local council in the September election. For further information visit.

Election Bulletins for Political Participants

Bulletins page.

Candidate Information Webinars

A series of online candidate information sessions will be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) in the lead up to the 2021 NSW Local Government elections.

The webinars will cover the following topics;

  • Election overview
  • Election funding and disclosure
  • Registration of candidates, groups, and third-party campaigners
  • Electoral material (also known as how-to-vote material)
  • Nomination process
  • Early voting and election day voting
  • Candidate workers and scrutineers
  • Counting and results

Candidate webinars are available via this link: Candidate webinars.

Checking Your Name on the Electoral Roll

From early August, you should check if your name is on the non-residential electoral roll before election day to confirm if you are required to vote.

Declaration of Councillors

The results of the 4 December 2021 Lachlan Shire Council elections have been declared and the following people have been elected to Council;

A Ward           John Medcalf OAM and Megan Mortimer
B Ward Melissa Blewitt and Melissa Rees
C Ward  David Carter and Peter Harris
D Ward Dennis Brady 
E Ward  Judith Bartholomew and Paul Phillips

Enrol to Vote

If you have turned 18 and have not enrolled to vote visit Enrol to Vote.

Non-Residential Electoral Roll

Lachlan Shire Council will provide details from the non-residential register to the NSW Electoral Commission.  After this date, they will verify if each individual on the register is eligible for the non-residential electoral roll. 

If you are eligible, your name and address will be added to the non-residential electoral roll and you may vote at the next Lachlan Shire Local Government election”. If you are on a non-residential roll, you do not have to vote and will not receive a fine for not voting.

It is still compulsory that you vote in the area where you are on the residential roll. 

Information for electors regarding the Non residential roll(PDF, 67KB).

Voting at the Local Government Election

It is compulsory to vote at this election if your details are on the electoral roll. There is no absentee voting at Local Government elections, but you can apply for a postal vote or vote at a pre-poll location before election day.

If you request any more information about the elections visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.