Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

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.bound­ au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

She­lia Davies, Gail Wil­liams and Jess Nes­bitt will be vot­ing in the lo­cal gov­er­ment elec­tions.­mu­ni­ d474171

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