There are many reasons why people stand for Council. Most Council members cite the sense of satisfaction gained from serving the community as the biggest reward for joining Council. Benefits gained by the individual member include increased knowledge of the operations of the City, improved self esteem, confidence in public speaking and the chance to meet new people and become involved in activities which may not have been possible otherwise.
Of all the levels of government, local government is particularly rewarding as Council members see first hand the changes occurring within our community, changes in which they have played a role. Being a Councillor can change your perspective about the diversity of our community and the different needs of each group.
Should you consider standing for Council at the next election, further information can be obtained from the Department of Local Government.