Familiar faces will run again for Moorabool Shire Council, though the field at the eastern Bacchus Marsh ward is already stacked.
It is a challenging time for the shire, with residents calling for clarity and answers over a major electrical infrastructure project and a proposal to dump potentially contaminated waste from Melbourne tunnel projects near Bacchus Marsh.
Councillors will also have to deal with rapidly growing communities outside of urban areas, and the infrastructure pains that result.
Moorabool covers areas from south of Ballarat to the edges of Melton, on Melbourne's western edge.
Apart from the eastern ward, which takes in Bacchus Marsh, one seat is up for grabs in each ward in Moorabool.
The western ward stretches from Grenville and Elaine in the south, north to Clarkes Hill, and covers Springbank, Wallace, and Mount Egerton down to Bungal.
Incumbent, Councillor Tom Sullivan, confirmed he would be running again, stating he looked forward to following several projects to completion.
"It's been a pleasure and honour to represent western Moorabool for some time, and it's been a journey, hopefully a positive journey for the residents of the municipality," he said.
In the central ward, which covers Ballan and Mount Wallace, to Balliang and Parwan, incumbent Cr Paul Tatchell will be challenged so far by Ben Davison, according to the Victorian Electoral Commission website.
At time of writing, Ally Munari is the only challenger in the Woodlands ward, which encompases Blackwood and Gordon to Bullarto South and the Lerderderg State Park.
As of Friday evening, there are six challengers for the four eastern ward seats - Larissa Weston, Rodney Ward, Nicola Lane, and Prabhat Gaur, as well as incumbents Cr Tonia Dudzik and Cr Jarrod Bingham.
It's expected several other candidates will announce their own challenges before nominations close at noon on Tuesday, September 22.
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The Victorian Electoral Commission website includes live daily updates as more candidates nominate.
Ballot packs will be posted in early October, with voting closing on Friday, October 23.
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