Ses­sion to be held as elec­tions loom

MAYOR’S VIEW

Kalgoorlie Miner - - OPINION - Ron Yurye­vich

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.

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