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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.

The av­er­age voter par­tic­i­pa­tion rate for the cities of Gos­nells and Ar­madale and Shire of Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale at the 2013 and 2015 elec­tions was 22.98 per cent, 25.29 per cent and 24.66 per cent re­spec­tively, well be­low the Perth metropoli­tan av­er­age of 27.55 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.

THE City of Gos­nells, City of Ar­madale and Shire of Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale coun­cil can­di­dates have been fi­nalised ahead of next month’s elec­tions.

Some 31 peo­ple have nom­i­nated for the seven va­cant seats on the Gos­nells coun­cil and 18 peo­ple will con­test four va­can­cies in the North (two va­can­cies), North West and South­ern wards in Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale. Twenty-five peo­ple will be run­ning for po­si­tions on the Ar­madale coun­cil.

Six coun­cil­lors will be elected for a four-year term and one will be elected for a two-year term in Gos­nells, while all four Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale va­can­cies carry a four-year term.

Gos­nells Mayor Ol­wen Searle is up for re-elec­tion, as is Deputy Mayor Julie Brown and coun­cil­lors David Goode and Bill Wif­fen.

Ar­madale’s Deputy Mayor Ruth But­ter­field is up for re-elec­tion, as is Donna Shaw, Caro­line Wielinga and Ca­role Frost. Colin Camp­bell has been re-elected un­op­posed in Palomino ward.

Shire of Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale Pres­i­dent John Er­ren will re­con­test his seat in the North ward, while Cr San­dra Hawkins is also up for re­elec­tion.

Vot­ing packs will be de­liv­ered to el­i­gi­ble elec­tors be­tween Septem­ber 27 and Oc­to­ber 3.

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

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