Vot­ers an­swer the call

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

COM­MU­NITY News­pa­per Group urged vot­ers to play their part in this year’s lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions and you re­sponded ad­mirably, with voter turnout up through­out Perth.

Across 30 metropoli­tan lo­cal coun­cils, the av­er­age voter turnout was 34.58 per cent – up from an av­er­age 28.59 per cent turnout two years ago.

Cottes­loe topped the list with 47.66 per cent, up from 37.2 per cent in 2015.

“All I can sug­gest is a cer­tain amount of dis­sat­is­fac­tion with some lo­cal is­sues got peo­ple out, like the de­bate over the North Cottes­loe Pri­mary School carpark,” new Mayor Phil Angers said.

Mr Angers said can­di­dates run­ning pos­i­tive elec­tion cam­paigns and coun­cil­lors ac­tu­ally get­ting things achieved once elected could po­ten­tially boost par­tic­i­pa­tion rates in coun­cils with low voter turnouts.

WA Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner David Ker­slake said that while he would like the rate to go up even more, it was a pleas­ing in­crease on re­cent elec­tions.

“Lo­cal gov­ern­ments con­tinue to play a very im­por­tant role and it is great to see more elec­tors get­ting out to have their say in who gov­erns their lo­cal com­mu­nity.” Congratulations peo­ple of Perth. We asked you to get more in­volved in the elec­tion of your lo­cal gov­ern­ments and you heeded the call.

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