Yes, we’re all heading to the polls again – this time to determine the 15 Councillors that will represent Penrith moving forward. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know about the election…
Do I have to vote?
Yes, voting in the Council election is compulsory. Also, remember if you’re voting on polling day, you need to vote in your own Ward.
What Ward am I in?
The South Ward includes the suburbs of Badgerys Creek, parts of Emu Plains, Glenmore Park, Jamisontown, parts of Kingswood, Leonay, Luddenham, Mulgoa, Orchard Hills, parts of Penrith, Regentville, South Penrith and Wallacia.
The East Ward includes the suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, parts of Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.
The North Ward includes the suburbs of Agnes Banks, Berkshire Park, Cambridge Gardens, Cambridge Park, Castlereagh, Cranebrook, Emu Heights, parts of Emu Plains, Jordan Springs, parts of Kingswood, Llandilo, Londonderry, parts of Penrith, Werrington, Werrington County and Werrington Downs.
Totally confused? Read our Penrith LGA Explainer here.
Can I vote before December 4?
Yes. Postal vote applications are open now, and are available by clicking here.
Pre-poll voting will open on November 22 and run until December 3. Pre-poll voting is available at St Marys Memorial Hall, Jordan Springs Community Hub, Glenmore Park Youth and Community Centre and Penrith City Council Library Theatrette.
Where do I vote on the day?
A full list is available on pages 16-17 of the current print edition of The Western Weekender. Read it here.
Who is running at the election?
On November 26, The Western Weekender will publish a special edition with each lead candidate (first on each ticket) providing an ‘In Their Own Words’ pitch to voters. Subscribe to our Digital Edition here.
Who is running the election?
The election is run independently of Council by the Australian Election Company, a private company tasked with ensuring voting goes off without a hitch.
Who are the current Councillors?
You can see a full list of current Councillors here.
Do we vote for the Mayor as well?
No, Penrith does not have a Mayor voted in by residents. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor is decided by the 15 Councillors themselves by way of a vote.