Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Just one in four eligible Western Australians voted in the 2015 elections, despite local governments providing significant services and infrastructure to their communities.
Community members can ensure they are enrolled to vote by checking their enrolment status online with the Western Australian Electoral Commission before 5pm on September 1, 2017.
This year, participation in elections is strongly encouraged among under-represented sections of the community including women, Aboriginal people, young people, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Strong councillors are the foundation of an effective and efficient local government and community members are asked to take the time to assess their candidates and vote for someone who will best represent them.
Local government elections take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Enrolment forms are available at post offices, the Western Australian and Australian electoral commissions, most local government offices or from http://www.waec.wa.gov.au
Candidates nominating for council have until September 7-14, 2017 to lodge a nomination. More information is available from the websites of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Western Australian Electoral Commission.
Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:
"This Government is committed to increasing engagement in local government elections.
"By getting involved in the elections, people are taking an active role in influencing the decisions that are made where they live and deciding who will represent them in their communities.
"Competition breeds excellence, and a greater number of candidates will contribute to a higher standard of community representation, and the effective governance that communities deserve.
"It is essential that everyone - regardless of age, gender or cultural background - has their say, and I encourage all local communities to get informed, and involved."
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