Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jaime Shurmer

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d474171

She­lia Davies, Gail Wil­liams and Jess Nes­bitt will be vot­ing in the lo­cal gov­er­ment elec­tions.

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