Postal vote to free up manpower
MANJIMUP Shire Council’s decision to hold a postal vote for this year’s Local Government elections means more time and manpower can be spent on vital projects in the region, according to the Manjimup shire president.
Paul Omodei said he supported the council’s “good” decision to hold a postal vote, as it usually resulted in a bigger voter turnout. A report in last week’s Manjimup-Bridgetown Times that in-person voting would continue was incorrect.
Cr Omodei said although he acknowledged the increased cost of postal voting, he said the shire would be “more than compensated” following the completion of the various Town Centre Revitalisation projects shire staff were work- ing hard on, which utilise Royalties for Regions funding for the betterment of the region.
In-person voting for six council seats across five wards and five polling locations was expected to cost a maximum of $20,300, whereas postal voting would cost an estimated $33,278 through the Western Australian Electoral Commission.
Cr Omodei said the revitalisation project was to be rolled out over three years and, in addition to the change of government at a State level, shire staff were working hard.
“We want to be a regional centre, rather and a sub-centre, which will generate interest in the region but it takes work,” he said.
“An opportunity like this might not happen again, so we have to do it right and prioritise accordingly.”
Postal voting, according to Cr Omodei, had the additional benefit of being easier for seniors, people living with disabilities or people who live in remote areas.
He also said postal voting had the benefit of being run remotely and independently of the Manjimup Shire Council.
“Whether it’s postal or in-person voting, if there are issues in a town, there is usually a bigger voter turnout,” Cr Omodei said.