VOTE FOR YOUR FUTURE
COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS SAYS: IT’S NOT YOUR RIGHT, IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
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.
Shelia Davies, Gail Williams and Jess Nesbitt will be voting in the local goverment elections.