LOCAL GOVERNMENT ORDINARY ELECTION 2019

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

This Election there are 4 vacancies for a 4 year term. Candidate Nominations have now closed. The Ballot Draw was held Thursday 12 September, and Councillors will appear on the Ballot paper in the Following order:

CASEY

Wendy

DEAR

Mat

KUMAR

Renjit

MCKITTRICK

Michelle

PETHERICK

Alma

FARQUHAR

Judith

HEARNE

Denise

WEDDERBURN

Allan

WRIGHT

Keith

Mr Lincoln Heading is the Shire’s appointed Returning Officer for the 2019 local government elections. Appointments can be made to see Lincoln on  0418 946 525 or  LGro_wyn@elections.wa.gov.au

Voting 

This years Ordinary Council Election is being run by the Western Australian Electoral Commission and is a postal Election. 
Electors will be sent an election package containing postal voting instructions, ballot papers with candidate profiles attached, a ballot paper envelope with an elector certificate attached and a reply paid postage envelope. Replacement voting packages are available from the Local Government. The Commission keeps daily statistics of postal election packages returned via Australia Post. These figures are indicative only and are published on the Commission’s website https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/elections/local.  

Eligibility 

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.

Contact Information 

For more information regarding the Local Government Ordinary Elections please do not hesitate to contact

Returning Officer Lincoln Heading 0418 946 525 or  LGro_wyn@elections.wa.gov.au

Or

Kourtney Williams Senior Governance & Risk Officer: 9168 4100  or  kourtney.williams@swek.wa.gov.au