Session to be held as elections loom
On October 17 the local government elections will be conducted for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and all other local governments in Western Australia.
These elections are held every two years, with half of the sitting councillors being elected for a four-year term at each election.
The mayor is elected for a four-year term.
This process ensures continuity in the governance and long-term planning for the City.
Local government is here to serve the local residents and the community, and to help make Kalgoorlie-Boulder an even greater place to live, work and play.
Serving the community as an elected member of council is an honour, and requires a commitment that many people are often not aware of with the many hours of work involved each week.
The role of an elected member is to represent the interests of the electors, ratepayers and residents of the City.
To facilitate communication between the community and the council, participate in the council’s decision making process, and to provide leadership and guidance to the community of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
This year the City will have eight elected member vacancies; being the mayor, six councillors commencing a four-year term and one councillor for a two-year term.
I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the community to attend the candidates’ briefing session on Monday, August 31 at 7pm, upstairs in the Kalgoorlie Town Hall Council Chambers.
This session will provide any aspiring councillors with a comprehensive overview of what being an elected member for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is all about.
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder election is conducted by the WA Electoral Commission and is a postal vote.
What this means is all registered voters will receive their individual ballot paper in the mail and can then complete the form and return it via the reply paid envelope to the WA Electoral Commission.
It is important that you take care when completing your form and that you sign the ballot envelope.
Unsigned envelopes are void and will not be counted.
Should you make an error you can bring your ballot papers to the City administration building and have replacement papers issued.
On election day there will be one polling place open at the City administration building to issue replacement ballots or lodge your ballot if you have missed the return date to the WA Electoral Commission.
The voting system is the first past the post.
This system ensures the community can have their say without fear of preferences or party politics affecting the way their local council, and subsequently their community, is run.
If you would like more information on nominating for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Council, or local government elections, contact the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 9021 2600 or visit our website www.ckb.wa.gov.au. Ron Yuryevich is the Mayor of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.