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PERTH’S res­i­dents have a woe­ful record of vot­ing in lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions and it’s well be­yond time that changed.

Quite frankly, if you can’t be both­ered check­ing a box on a bal­lot pa­per that has been de­liv­ered to your house and then tak­ing it to a mail­box, you have no right to com­plain about all of the things coun­cils do that af­fect your daily life.

At the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in 2013 and 2015, an av­er­age of just 29.6 per cent voted in the City of Man­durah coun­cil elec­tion. Across metropoli­tan Perth, the av­er­age was an ap­palling 27.5 per cent.

Do you not care about the im­post of rates on your hip pocket dur­ing tough eco­nomic times?

Are you un­con­cerned about high-rise build­ings pop­ping up in sur­round­ing streets?

Con­cerned your street has be­come a race­way for young hoons? Did you vote?

Postal votes will ar­rive in your let­ter­box from Septem­ber 27 if there is a con­test in your area.

We im­plore you to fill it in and take it straight to the mail­box. It is your duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

THE high­light of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in Man­durah is likely to be the bat­tle be­tween four con­tenders for the role of Mayor.

The four can­di­dates – cur­rent Mayor Ma­rina Ver­gone, Rhys Wil­liams, Peter Jack­son and Mark Brzezin­ski – have agreed to take part in a pub­lic Q and A ses­sion at Madora Bay this Thurs­day so vot­ers can make an in­formed de­ci­sion at the elec­tions on Oc­to­ber 21.

Or­gan­iser Craig Salt said the re­gion was at a cross­roads.

“Our choice of Mayor will shape our lives over com­ing years,’’ he said.

“This is par­tic­u­larly true for the rapidly-de­vel­op­ing area in and around Madora Bay.”

The ses­sion will in­clude Man­durah-wide and spe­cific Madora Bay ques­tions and will be at Madora Bay Hall from 7pm to 8.30pm.

The eight ques­tions will in­clude can­di­dates’ vi­sions for Man­durah and the Peel, their top three pri­or­i­ties, their most sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to date and their view on es­tab­lish­ing one or more train sta­tions be­tween Man­durah and Warn­bro.

Apart from the may­oral elec­tion, a record 25 can­di­dates will fight for just six Man­durah seats.

Eight can­di­dates are in Coast ward, where two seats are avail­able. Sit­ting mem­bers Dave Schu­macher and Jane Field seek re-elec­tion against Colin Purslowe, Don Pem­ber, Delys Ge­bert, Matt Rogers, Kerry Ri­d­ley and Paul Cobb.

A fur­ther seven can­di­dates will con­test just one seat in Coast ward, where Shan­non Law­son seeks re-elec­tion against Robert Cooper, Candice di Prinzio, Mervyn Darcy, Stella Kas­siotes, Norm Snell and Kerry Whit­ing.

In North ward, sit­ting coun­cil­lor Peter Jack­son, who is also run­ning for Mayor, is up against Paul Fitz­patrick, Mar­ion Blair, Kelvin Matthews and Ahmed Zi­lani.

In East ward, sit­ting coun­cil­lors Lynn Rogers and Deputy Mayor Dar­ren Lee are de­fend­ing their seats against John White, Jor­don Sanger and Todd Jenk­ins.

In Mur­ray, three sit­ting coun­cil­lors – Shire Pres­i­dent Ma­ree Reid, Tr­ish Briggs and Christ Thomp­son – seek re­elec­tion.

Other can­di­dates in­clude Brenda Beacham, Dou­glas McLarty, Brad Cardillini, Ge­off Black, Donald McLure and Stephen Veev­ers.

The Shire of Mur­ray does not use the ward sys­tem.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d474171

She­lia Davies, Gail Wil­liams and Jess Nes­bitt will be vot­ing in the lo­cal gov­er­ment elec­tions.

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