Local Government Elections 2017

Local Government Elections play an important role in our democratic system of government and provides an excellent way to get involved in your community.

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley elections are held every two years, in October. The Shire President and Councillors are elected for four year terms, with half of the Councillors’ terms concluding at each biennial election.

In October 2017 nine (9) positions on Council will be available with five (5) positions elected for a four (4) year term ending in October 2021 and four (4) for a two (2) year term ending in October 2019.

Previous election’s results can be accessed here; (WAEC).

This year's election will be held on Saturday 21 October 2017 and will be a postal election conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission:

Interested in standing for Council?

The function of the Council is to provide good governance for residents in the district, which includes the provision of works and services to ensure the health, safety and fulfilment of the local community. Five fundamental aims of Council can be identified:

  • to direct and uphold the affairs of Council
  • to be responsible for the performance of Council’s functions
  • to oversee the allocation of Council’s finances and resources
  • to determine policies and
  • to provide for the good government of persons in the district

Prospective candidate information sessions were conducted as follows:

  • Kununurra: 7:00pm 21 August at the Kununurra Administration Office, 20 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra.
  • Wyndham: 12:00pm 22 August at the Shire Administration Office, Koolama St, Wyndham WA.

Complete presentation slides for the candidate information sessions can be accessed HERE

Voting

In order to be enrolled for a Local Government Election you have to be one of the following:

Resident

You are already enrolled to vote in elections for the electorate in which you live if you are on the State electoral roll as a resident of that address. If you are not already on the State electoral roll and meet the eligibility criteria, a claim for enrolment should be made to any Divisional Returning Officer of the Australian Electoral Commission in Western Australia.

Owner and Occupier

You are also eligible to be enrolled to vote in Local Government elections if you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the electorate, provided that you are on a State or Commonwealth electoral roll. (For example, if you live in a metropolitan area but own property in the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley you are able to vote in that Councils election.) However, remember that just because you own property and pay rates, it does not automatically allow you to vote at elections. It is essential that you lodge an enrolment form with the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley.

If you are not on a State or Commonwealth electoral roll, an enrolment claim can still be accepted provided you were on the last owners and occupiers roll for that electorate and have continued to own or occupy rateable property in the electorate continuously since that roll was prepared. To be eligible to enrol as an occupier, you will need to have a right of continuous occupation under a lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument for at least the next 3 months following the date of the application to enrol.

Joint Owner and Occupier

If a rateable property is owned or occupied by more than two people, a majority of the owners/occupiers may nominate two persons from amongst themselves who are on either the State or Commonwealth electoral rolls, to enrol as owner/occupier electors.

Corporation

A body corporate, which owns or occupies rateable property, may nominate two persons who are on either the State or Commonwealth electoral rolls, to enrol as owner/occupier electors.