Would-be councillors in the hot seat ELECTION ADVICE
■ 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.