Any people who are thinking about standing for council in the October election will now need to attend a mandatory training session.
The training is a new requirement of the Local Government Act 2020. It is offered free of charge in Strathbogie Shire and delivered in Nagambie and Euroa.
Existing and former councillors planning to run must also complete the training.
Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Amanda McClaren encouraged anyone thinking of running to sign up.
She said even those who wanted to find out more about how council worked would find it beneficial.
“The face-to-face training is being conducted by our governance team with the support of Victoria Local Governance Association,” Cr McClaren said.
“The workshops are designed to increase understanding of the role of a councillor, key governance requirements and key provisions of the new act.
“Even if you are only considering running for local government elections, come along and gain the understanding of what is required of a councillor and ask questions.”
Cr McClaren also took the opportunity to encourage locals to think about putting their hand up for election.
“Being a councillor is a fantastic opportunity to create positive change for our communities,” she said.
The mandatory candidate training sessions will be held at Nagambie Regatta Centre at 66 Loddings Lane, Nagambie, on Saturday, August 1, from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm, and at Strathbogie Council Conference Centre in Bury St, Euroa, on Wednesday, August 19, from 6 pm to 9 pm.