Plea to post coun­cil votes

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

■ It is the fi­nal days of the 2015 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion race, but more than 7000 Pil­bara vot­ers have yet to cast their bal­lot.

The seat of Onslow in the Shire of Ash­bur­ton has had the high­est per­cent­age of elec­toral pack­ages re­turned in WA as of Oc­to­ber 12.

It had a 47.83 per cent re­turn, with 187 re­ceived of 391 posted.

The pre­vi­ous two elec­tions also had a strong re­sponse, with both end­ing with the elec­tion of cur­rent Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White.

In 2011, she de­feated Pearse Herbert by 114 votes to 62 and in 2007 she beat for­mer coun­cil­lor Ann Eyre in a tight con­test, 91-73.

This year is another tough match-up, with Onslow Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try pres­i­dent Ge­off Herbert tak­ing on Cr White.

The Pan­na­won­ica seat in Ash­bur­ton has had a re­turn of 54 of 317 pack­ages for the three can­di­dates vy­ing for a spot on coun­cil.

City of Kar­ratha chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Adams made a fi­nal plea to the public to choose who will rep­re­sent them on the coun­cil.

He said the vot­ing sta­tis­tics were down com­pared with the State av­er­age.

“Our voter turnout for this elec­tion cur­rently has us chas­ing the State av­er­age and trail­ing the rest of the Pil­bara re­gion, but that doesn’t need to be the fi­nal re­sult,” he said.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to vote for the di­rec­tion they want to see our com­mu­nity head in as the City con­tin­ues to evolve.

“Hav­ing your say can make a real dif­fer­ence in the out­come of these elec­tions.”

At time of print, 17.82 per cent of pack­ages (1252 of 7026) had been re­turned for the seat of Kar­ratha, where 15 hope­fuls are com­pet­ing for five spots, and 17.67 per cent (277 of 1568) re­turned in the Wick­ham-Point Sam­son-Roe­bourne-Cos­sack-Pas­toral seat, where three can­di­dates are up for the one spot.

The Western Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has sug­gested pack­ages be posted by to­day, but if not to take com­pleted bal­lots and hand-de­liver them to their lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fice.

Bal­lot pa­pers must be re­ceived by re­turn­ing of­fi­cers by 6pm on polling day this Satur­day.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

City of Kar­ratha chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Adams.

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