Would-be coun­cil­lors in the hot seat ELEC­TION ADVICE

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

■ The elec­tions for mem­bers of the Bel­mont, South Perth and Vic­to­ria Park coun­cils are postal bal­lots only. There will not be polling booths open on polling day, as there are for State and Com­mon­wealth elec­tions, where vot­ers walk in, have their names crossed off the roll and re­ceive a bal­lot pa­per. All el­i­gi­ble vot­ers will get their bal­lot pa­pers de­liv­ered to their postal ad­dress. ■ The pack­ages con­tain­ing the bal­lot pa­pers, and re­turn en­velopes were due to be lodged with Aus­tralia Post on Septem­ber 28 and, within a few days af­ter that, should have be­gun to ar­rive in let­ter­boxes. ■ Vot­ers must en­sure they fill in and sign the elec­tor’s cer­tifi­cate at­tached to the bal­lot pa­per en­ve­lope in or­der for their vote to be counted. ■ They must post their votes no later than Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 19, or put them in them in the bal­lot box at the coun­cil of­fice dur­ing nor­mal business hours, or be­tween 8am and 6pm on elec­tion day. ■ If their vot­ing pack­age is not de­liv­ered to them, or it gets dam­aged, de­stroyed or lost, vot­ers can ap­ply for a re­place­ment at the coun­cil of­fices dur­ing nor­mal business hours and up to the close of polling on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21 THE com­mu­nity will get the chance to quiz prospec­tive Town of Vic­to­ria Park coun­cil­lors dur­ing an event at the Vic­to­ria Park Carlisle Bowl­ing Club.

The Vic Park Col­lec­tive and Com­mu­nity Fo­rum Vic­to­ria Park are host­ing the event from 6pm to­mor­row night, Oc­to­ber 4.

Com­mu­nity Fo­rum Vic­to­ria Park pres­i­dent David Ashton said he ex­pected some of the area’s big­gest is­sues to be played out.

“Among the hot top­ics in the Jar­rah ward is ex­pected to be the Harold Ros­sis­ter re­serve syn­theti­chockey turf fa­cil­ity.

“In the Banksia ward, the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Lath­lain precinct will get a run.

“I’d ex­pect rates to get a run along with is­sues about whether the coun­cil com­mu­ni­cates enough with the com­mu­nity about cer­tain is­sues.

Mr Ashton said the can­di­dates would be given three min­utes to make a pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion.

“It gives can­di­dates the op­por­tu­nity to get an idea about what the com­mu­nity wants to achieve,” he said.

“We also want to raise the pro­file of the elec­tion and to get more peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing, it’s a bit lower than it should be.”

Lath­lain Pri­mary School will be fundrais­ing by pro­vid­ing a sausage siz­zle.

“We are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come along, en­joy a democ­racy sausage and en­gage with the ex­ist­ing and prospec­tive coun­cil­lors,” Mr Ashton said.

The event is free but peo­ple are asked to visit Eventbrite to reg­is­ter.

Meet cur­rent and prospec­tive coun­cil­lors at a pub­lic event in Vic­to­ria Park Carlisle Bowl­ing Club.

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