Have your say in our local government elections

Mayor's Diary 11 August 2017

Local government elections are fast approaching and I encourage everyone to become involved.  

The City of South Perth holds postal elections, which are conducted on its behalf by the Western Australian Electoral Commission

Although it is not compulsory to vote, I believe it is vitally important that our community participate and exercise their right to have their say. Enrolments for the upcoming elections, which will be held on Saturday 21 October 2017 close 5pm 1 September, so make sure you're enrolled!

Local government is the ‘grass roots’ level of government that is closest to the people in our community. 

Council members are ideally placed to monitor the changing needs of local communities, to plan and implement strategies to meet those needs, plan for the future and to bring local concerns to the attention of both state and federal levels of government.

Personally, I have found my role as Mayor of the City of South Perth to be immensely rewarding. In particular it is indeed a joy and privilege to grant citizenship to those who have chosen to become Australian citizens, their stories at times can be quite incredibly heartwarming. I am passionate about serving the local community in which I live and find it incredibly fulfilling to be able to implement positive change while at the same time helping to make small differences in people’s lives.

Did you know that if you are enrolled on the state electoral roll as a resident in another electoral district you may be eligible to vote in City of South Perth's election if you are an occupier of property within the City. This applies to the occupiers of business premises within the City, with a maximum of two nominees per property. The elections page of our website has further information about eligibility and the necessary application forms.

If you want to make a difference in the community, then nominate for Council. The City of South Perth and the Town of Victoria Park will hold an information session for people interested in nominating. Come and hear about a day in the life of a Councillor, the role of Council, the election process and the benefits you can gain from representing your local community. 

Information session

6pm, Thursday 31 August 2017 
Reception Room
City of South Perth Civic Centre
Cnr Sandgate St and South Tce, South Perth
Free, no registrations required.

Additionally, WALGA will host a free webinar on Thursday 17 August 2017 at 5pm for people who are thinking of nominating for Council. It's a great opportunity to have all your questions answered. Places are limited so register now.  

Candidates nominating for council have between 7 - 14 September 2017 to lodge a nomination.

For more information about local government elections and nominating for Council visit WAEC.

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