Coun­cil­lors call-out

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

Getting peo­ple to vote in elec­tions has al­ways been a strug­gle, es­pe­cially elec­tions for lo­cal govern­ment where vot­ing is not com­pul­sory. It is still im­por­tant though. Coun­cil makes key de­ci­sions on behalf of res­i­dents that have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on the fu­ture of the city of Kar­ratha.

A coun­cil­lor’s role is to pro­vide ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship and guid­ance to the com­mu­nity. They are elected to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of ev­ery­one and part of their job is to com­mu­ni­cate the wants and needs of our res­i­dents to the City of Kar­ratha it­self.

Coun­cil­lors also pro­mote and sup­port good gov­er­nance of the City and its af­fairs: we are far more than just rates and roads — we are con­cerned with our econ­omy, our built and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, the well­be­ing of our com­mu­nity and its lead­er­ship.

The up­com­ing elec­tion is con­cerned with six seats on coun­cil, one in the Dampier ward, one in the Wick­ham/ Point Sam­son/Roe­bourne/ Cos­sack/Pas­toral ward and four in the Kar­ratha ward.

Re­mem­ber, no mat­ter which ward a coun­cil­lor rep­re­sents, they are elected to serve the whole district. Nom­i­na­tions for the six seats are open from to­mor­row un­til 4pm on Thurs­day next week.

The lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion on Oc­to­ber 21 will be con­ducted via a postal vote from Septem­ber 22. For more in­for­ma­tion phone 9186 8555.

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