Nom­i­na­tions for coun­cil close soon

Geraldton Guardian - - Guardian | News -

Nom­i­na­tions for the up­com­ing City of Greater Ger­ald­ton elec­tion of­fi­cially opened yes­ter­day.

Res­i­dents and ratepay­ers are able to nom­i­nate them­selves for eight va­can­cies on the City coun­cil.

One coun­cil­lor is needed for a four-year term in each of the wards of Cham­pion Bay, Chap­man, Hills, Mullewa, Port and Tar­coola, while two are needed in the Wil­cock ward, one of whom will have only a two-year term.

To ap­ply, candidates need to com­plete a form, avail­able through the WA Elec­toral Com­mis­sion web­site, and submit a pro­file of no more than 150 words.

Nom­i­na­tions will close at 4pm on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14.

Bal­lots for the elec­tion will be posted out and must be re­turned by 6pm on Satur­day, October 21.

Vot­ing is not com­pul­sory but Mayor Shane Van Styn en­cour­aged peo­ple to have their say.

“Our coun­cil­lors are the voice of the peo­ple,” he said.

“Coun­cil makes big de­ci­sions for our com­mu­nity.

“A strong coun­cil forms the foun­da­tion of an ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient lo­cal gov­ern­ment and I urge res­i­dents and ratepay­ers to as­sess the candidates and vote in this year’s elec­tion.”

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