Elections

Extraordinary Election – 7 June 2019

Due to an unexpected vacancy, Council held an extraordinary election to fill this seat. The seat is in the Town Ward and the successful candidate’s term will run until the October 2021 Local Government Elections.

Anthony Smyth was elected with 30 votes. Carol Farr was the unsuccessful candidate with 26 votes. The Form 19 Results of Election notice can be viewed here.

The date for the Extraordinary Election was Friday 7 June 2019. Click here to see the formal Close of Enrolments Notice.

Ordinary Election – 19 October 2019

Ordinary Elections will take place to fill two Town Ward and two Rural Ward seats on Saturday October 19 2019. You can learn more about this election here.

Rolls for this election will close at 5.00pm on 30 August 2019.

Nominations for candidates will open on 5 September 2019 and close at 4.00pm on 12 September 2019.

How Do I Vote?

All residents in a local government district who are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll are automatically enrolled on the corresponding local government roll. People who own or occupy property within a local government district can apply to their local government to be included on the roll as an owner/occupier, as long as they are eligible electors. A body corporate may apply to have up to two eligible electors to be included on the owner/occupier roll.

All eligible electors are allowed to vote once in any district or ward for which they are enrolled. If a person lives within one local district or ward and owns or occupies property in a different district or ward then they may be entitled to a vote in both areas provided they are enrolled for those addresses. For more information or to enrol as an owner/occupier, contact the Shire. To apply to be on the owner/occupier roll please complete and return this form to the Shire before rolls close.

Rolls for the 19 October 2019 election close at 5.00pm on 30 August 2019. You can check your enrolment online here, or contact the WA Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.

On polling day (19 October 2019), electors go to designated polling places (the Shire Administration Office on Victoria Street, Mingenew) to cast their vote. Polling places are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. If an elector can’t attend a polling place on polling day, they can apply for an absent, early or postal vote. To apply for postal voting papers, download and complete this form.

 

What Does A Councillor Do?

Councillors are elected to represent the interest of all electors and residents and provide leadership and guidance to the community. They play an important community leadership role and create policies and resolve decisions that the Council makes about what happens locally. Councillors generally do not have any authority to act or make decisions as individuals. They are members of an elected body that makes decisions on behalf of a local government through a formal meeting process.

If you haven’t already, we recommend you have a look at the minutes from past Council meetings to see what decisions Council makes or come along to a Council meeting to see one in person; Council meets on the third Wednesday of every month (except January).

For more information, check out these fact sheets from the Department of Local Government Spot and Cultural Industries:

If you think you might be interested in the role, have a look at this video from the WA Local Government Association.

How Do I Nominate to Become a Councillor?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older; and
  • be an elector of the district (if you are only an elector because you are a nominee of a body corporate then you are not eligible to stand for council).

You are not eligible if you:

  • are a member of State or Federal Parliament;
  • are an insolvent under administration;
  • are serving a prison sentence for a crime;
  • have been convicted of a serious local government offence within the last five years (unless the court has waived the disqualification);
  • have been convicted on indictment of an offence for which the indictable penalty was or included imprisonment for life, or imprisonment for more than five years;
  • are a member of another council;
  • are subject to a court order disqualifying you from being a council member because you have misapplied local government funds or property;
  • are on the local electoral roll as the nominee of a body corporate;
  • are currently disqualified by the State Administrative Tribunal from holding office as a member of a council.

Nominations for candidates for the 19 October 2019 election will open on 5 September 2019 and close at 4.00pm on 12 September 2019.

You can obtain a nomination form from the Shire Office, 21 Victoria Street Mingenew, or download a copy here.

In the meantime, you can find further information about nominations in this fact sheet: Nominating to Be a Council Member.