Ararat - With Ararat Rural City residents set to head to the polls yet again, new Mayor Cr Paul Hooper encouraged those interested in throwing their hat into the ring to do their research.
A by-election will be held on Saturday, February 15 following the resignation of Ian Wilson from council last month.
"I would encourage people to do the research because it is a commitment and if you're not 100 per cent committed to doing it, it's not all beer and skittles," he said.
"Do the homework, it can be rewarding but at the same time it can be difficult, it's a big commitment. If you're working it's a bit harder to find the time, but it's important we get the diversified view round the table - it makes for better decision making."
A by-election will be held on Saturday, February 15 2014 and will be a postal election.
A candidate information session will be held for prospective candidates at 6pm on Tuesday, December 17 at the old Shire Hall Offices, Barkly Street Ararat.
Candidate information kits containing nomination forms and other electoral information will be available at the information session.
Nominations will open on Thursday, January 9 2014 and close Tuesday, January 14 2014 with ballot packs mailed out between January 28 and 30, to be returned by Friday, February 14.