VOTE FOR YOUR FUTURE
COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS SAYS: IT’S NOT YOUR RIGHT, IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
PERTH’S residents have a woeful record of voting in local government elections and it’s well beyond time that changed.
Quite frankly, if you can’t be bothered checking a box on a ballot paper that has been delivered to your house and then taking it to a mailbox, you have no right to complain about all of the things councils do that affect your daily life.
At the local government elections in 2013 and 2015, an average of just 31 per cent voted in the City of Canning council election. Across metropolitan Perth, the average was an appalling 27.5 per cent.
Do you not care about the impost of rates on your hip pocket during tough economic times?
Are you unconcerned about high-rise buildings popping up in surrounding streets?
Concerned your street has become a raceway for young hoons? Did you vote?
Postal votes will arrive in your letterbox from September 27 if there is a contest in your area.
We implore you to fill it in and take it straight to the mailbox. It is your duty and responsibility.
TWO candidates running in the Canning local government election are related to sitting councillor Margaret Hall.
They are running for two different wards, so they will not be up against one another.
Cr Hall’s husband Michael (Mike) Hall is running for Beeloo ward, while her son from a previous marriage is contesting the Mason ward. Robert Van Der Reest lives within Mason ward and Mike did not want to run against him so was persuaded to run for Beeloo, Cr Hall said.
“Our family have lived in Canning since I arrived from the Netherlands in 1955,” she said.
Mike and Margaret have fundraised within the community and she said her son was recently cleared of leukaemia.
“I think I am very lucky that my family is community, not politically, minded,” she said.
She felt it was not unusual, citing Mayor Russell Aubrey and daughter and Deputy Mayor Rebecca Aubrey in the City of Melville.
She said in her experience it took a couple of attempts to be elected to council.
A Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries spokesman said there were no provisions in the Local Government Act 1995 or associated Regulations to limit the number of family members that could nominate for, or be elected to, council.
Shelia Davies, Gail Williams and Jess Nesbitt will be voting in the local goverment elections.