Voters answer the call
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.