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.
At the two local government elections in 2013 and 2015, an average of just 23.64 per cent voted in the City of Swan election. Chittering and Gingin came in higher at 36.79 and 36.82 per cent. 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?
Are you concerned about infrastructure and development in your area? Are you concerned about road infrastructure and safety, and the clearing of bushland?
Are you concerned about the future of the Swan Valley and the impact development will have on the region?
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.
BALLOT papers for the City of Swan election will be mailed out in the first week of October, with 25 candidates vying for eight seats in five wards.
Current councillors Mick Wainwright, John McNamara, David Fardig, David McDonnell, Patty Williams, Kevin Bailey and Darryl Trease are all up for re-election. City chief executive Mike Foley said residents and ratepayers should keep an eye out for their postal voting packages arriving in the mail.
“The package will include a list of candidates, ballot papers, instructions on how to vote and a declaration,” he said.
“To vote, simply follow the instructions included in the package.”
WA Electoral Commissioner David Kerslake said electors would have about two to three weeks to return their ballot papers, either by post or lodging them at the council office.
“However, it is still important that electors return their completed postal vote packages as quickly as possible as ballot papers must be with the returning officer when polling closes at 6pm on Saturday, October 21, to be included in the count.”
Mr Foley said that while voting in a local government election was not compulsory in WA, it was important to get involved.
“By voting in your local government election, you are having your say on how you want your issues and interests to be represented and I would encourage all electors to take part,” he said.
The Shire of Chittering will decide three vacancies at the election, with Crs Don Gibson, Peter Osborn and Michelle Rossouw up for reelection, and four other candidates.
There are six candidates for four vacancies on the Shire of Gingin.
To find out which ward you are in, visit www.boundaries.wa.gov. au.
Shelia Davies, Gail Williams and Jess Nesbitt will be voting in the local goverment elections.