This includes details of all the candidates we know of so far. We will add details when we receive more information. Candidates have until September 22 to nominate.
The descriptions are written in-house by The Courier staff. Candidates are listed alphabetically and the biographies will be limited to 100 words for each candidate, excluding any links to further information.
One of three endorsed candidates for the Greens party, Ms Burns is the entrepreneur behind the local snack company, snack food business, We Bar None.
In 2018, the business made news for its use of entirely compostable wrappers for its energy bars.
Ms Burns also helped set up The Hidden Orchard, which gathers unwanted fruit around Ballarat and then distributes it to the community.
She grew up in Warrenheip, and lives in Brown Hill, with a move to Invermay on the cards shortly.
Well known in the local sporting community as the long-time CEO of Ballarat Basketball, Mr Eddy recently retired from that position and is now attempting to enter into local politics.
Having spent most of his working lifetime working in sports administration, Mr Eddy became CEO of Basketball Ballarat in 1990.
He lists some of his highlights as securing the use of the Mars Minerdome to host events for the Commonwealth Games in 2006, as well as gaining funding for the major extension to the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre.
He is running as an independent.
David Harris is a first-time council candidate and a resident of Miners Rest, where he lives with his wife and young family. He has been on the Miners Rest Primary School Council since 2013, including six years as president.
Currently working as an assistant chief fire officer with the CFA, he says he particularly wants to improve the integrity of the council.
He has a degree in applied management from Federation University, as well as a master's degree in emergency management from Charles Sturt University, and is an alumnus of the Leadership Ballarat Western Region Leadership Program.
Mr Harris is also a member of the Ballarat Harriers Athletics Club.
He is running as an independent candidate.
Representing the Animal Justice Party, Mr Hills has become a familiar name in electoral contests in recent years.
Last year, he was one of seven candidates in the Ballarat electorate for the federal election, and the previous year he campaigned in the state elections for the Wendouree seat - each time for the same party.
Well known in the local community, Mr Hills is a music teacher at Ballarat High School, and plays trombone in a local band.
He is campaigning for Ballarat's animal shelter to be properly resourced.
He lives in Alfredton and has two grown up daughters.
Aged 24 when first elected to council in 2012 - the youngest ever female councillor - Ms Johnson is now seeking a third consecutive term representing North Ward.
Having grown up in the Western District, she was educated at Ballarat Grammar School and now lives in the city with her partner and young daughter.
She has worked in digital marketing and as a health practitioner.
A member of the Liberal Party since just after her election in 2012, Ms Johnson stood as the endorsed candidate for that party in the Wendouree electorate in the state elections of 2018. She was defeated by current MP Juliana Addison.
She is looking to campaign for the delivery of projects including a twice yearly hard rubbish collection service.
A North Ward councillor for the past council term, having also stood for election in 2012, Mr Moloney is a former journalist who also used to manage communications for V/Line as well as construction company John Holland.
He now runs his own public relations company.
He served as deputy mayor in 2017/18 while he also sits on the Lakes and Gardens Committee including the last year as the chair.
Mr Moloney has been on the board of Her Majesty's Theatre since 2013.
He is one of two officially endorsed Labor Party candidates.
Mr Morrison is a volunteer for the Committee for Ballarat North and the Food is Free Laneway.
He is also the director of communications at the Ballarat Frolic Festival.
He is a committed unionist, and has been a field organiser for the Community Public Sector Union (CPSU) for the past five years.
Other projects include working to establish a Ballarat Tool Library as well as a community garden at Midlands Reserve.
He grew up in rural Victoria and lives in Ballarat North with his partner.
He is running as an endorsed Labor Party candidate.
A long-term council watcher, Mr Tillett successfully stood for election in 2016 as an independent candidate.
He was prominently involved in the campaign to stop the saleyards from being relocated, and has been a vocal advocate for the Miners Rest community during his term at council.
A resident of Mount Rowan, he has had varied business interests, including farming, running his own transport company, harness racing and construction.
He is currently a Liberal Party member but has played down his ties to the party.
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