VOTE FOR YOUR FUTURE
COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS SAYS: IT’S NOT YOUR RIGHT, IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
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 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 local government elections in 2013 and 2015, an average of just 31.6 per cent voted in the cities of Perth and Vincent council elections. 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 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.
TWENTY four candidates are locked in for positions on the two inner city councils in October’s local government elections.
The cut-off date to nominate as a candidate in local government elections was September 14.
Dianne Bain, Lexi Barton, Michael Felix, Reece Harley, Steve Hasluck, Xiao Liang, James Limnios, Terry Maller, Judy McEvoy, Scott O’Keeffe, Anthony Olivieri, Dhan Shrestha, Michael Sutherland, Natasha Tang, Yue Xiu (Lynette) Wen and Yit-Kee (Keith)Yong will vie for the four positions on the City of Perth council.
Current councillors James Limnios and Reece Harley have indicated they would both throw their hats into the ring for Lord Mayor if Lisa Scaffidi loses her State Administrative Tribunal appeals.
There has been a smaller turnout for the City of Vincent, with eight people campaigning for the four spots on that council.
Alex Castle, Ryan Dawson, Joanne Maree Fotakis and Aaron Olszewski are seeking a position in the North ward, while Jonathan Hallett, Mai Nguyen, Joshua O’Keefe and Joshua Topelberg have their sites set on a spot in the South ward.
Mr Topelberg was first elected to council in the 2009 election and Mr Hallett won a position in the February extraordinary election.
Ms Nguyen ran in the February extraordinary election but was unsuccessful.
There was a voting turnout rate of 26.58 per cent for Vincent in the 2015 election.
The City of Perth had a turnout rate of 36.67 per cent at the election.
Postal votes start being distributed tomorrow and must be returned by October 21.
Shelia Davies, Gail Williams and Jess Nesbitt will be voting in the local goverment elections.