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