A CANDIDATE has stepped forward in the contest for a Hindmarsh Shire Council north ward vacancy.
Antwerp resident Bryan Snowden is the first person listed on the candidate register for the council by-election, which will be on November 23.
The semi-retired farmer, 53, submitted his nomination at 9am on Wednesday, as soon as nominations opened.
They will close at noon on Tuesday.
Mr Snowden moved to the shire three years ago from Ballarat, where he had lived for most of his life.
He said the community had been so friendly ever since he moved in that he did not feel like a newcomer for long.
“It’s time to give something back,” he said.
He is already a member of the Antwerp Hall Committee.
Mayor Rob Gersch noted during a council meeting that nominations had opened.
He said there had been some interest in the position.
Three people attended an information session last week, including Mr Snowden.
Cr Gersch said further information about the by-election was available from the Victorian Electoral Commission website: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Current/HindmarshShireCouncilByElection.html.
Nomination forms can be lodged with returning officer Iain McNee at the election office at 10 Roy Street, Jeparit.
The by-election will be by postal vote.
Ballot packs will be mailed out from November 4 until November 7, and must be returned by 6pm on Friday, November 22.
The position was vacated by former councillor Elizabeth Chivell, who resigned on August 27.
She was elected uncontested in last year’s general election.