Pre-poll voting for the Hilltops Council election opens in Young on Monday (28th August), and in Harden and Boorowa the following week (Monday, 4 September).

Council General Manager Anthony McMahon said pre-poll voting, together with the option of postal voting, are both available to those who may be away on election day, Saturday 9 September.

“Anyone who can’t get to a polling place on election day should arrange for a postal or pre-poll vote so they can have their say and avoid a penalty notice from the Electoral Commission for not voting,” Mr McMahon said.

“There’s no absent voting at council elections, so I expect postal and pre-poll voting will be a preferred option for a lot of people,” he said.

A total of 18 candidates have put their hand up to contest the Hilltops Council election.

“11 councillors will be elected by the community, with the position of mayor and deputy mayor to be decided by the newly elected council,” Mr McMahon said.

“The first term of the new Hilltops Council will be for three years to re-align with the next ordinary election of councils.  Subsequent council terms will revert back to the standard four year terms,” he said.

Information on candidates and the ballot paper can be found at


Pre-poll voting opens in Young on Monday, 28 August and closes Friday, 8 September.  Pre-poll voting in Harden and Boorowa opens on Monday, 4 September and closes Friday, 8 September:

  • Hilltops Council office, Boorowa (8.30-5pm);
  • Hilltops Council office, Harden (8.30-5pm); and
  • Hilltops Returning Officer’s office, Young (times vary, check for details).

For further information visit or call 1300 135 736.

Postal Voting

People can apply for a postal vote online at or by calling 1300 135 736.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday, 4 September. People are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to allow for postage time.

Check your details

People can check their enrolment details online at or by calling 1300 135 736.


Media contacts:

Anthony McMahon, General Manager Hilltops Council – 02 6380 1200.