The NSW Government has announced that the local government elections due to be held on 12 September this year will be postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The decision to postpone the elections was necessary to ensure the health and safety of voters, NSW Electoral Commission staff and candidates.

The NSW Government now intends to hold the elections in September 2021. The Parkes Shire is one of 126 councils that will now hold their elections next year.

Parkes Shire councillors will continue to hold their civic offices until the rescheduled local government elections are held. The election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be conducted at the September 2020 Council meeting.

The postponement of this next election will not change the future schedule of council elections, and the subsequent election will still proceed in September 2024.

Parkes Shire Council's General Manager, Kent Boyd welcomed the decision.

"The health and safety of our community is paramount."

"This decision mitigates the risk to our community, as well as provides a level of stability and continuity during this time of uncertainty."

"Our current elected representatives, as well as our entire workforce, are working hard to ensure good governance continues during this crisis and beyond."

For more information, visit the NSW Office of Local Government website.