Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley- Local Government Elections 

The Shire would like to congratulate Cr David Menzel, Cr Anthony Chafer and Cr Narelle Brook on their re-election and welcome newly elected Council members Cr Chelsea NcNeil and Cr Dylan Hearty.
Cr David Menzel will reprise his role as Shire President and Cr Anthony Chafer as Deputy Shire President.
David Menzel said he is excited to continue his role as the Shire President.
“I had the honour of leading this Council, and I look forward to continuing on the direction we have been travelling over the last few years,” said Cr Menzel,
“We are starting to see a few things hit the ground, and I believe we have a lot of planning and preliminary work underway, and we will continue to push forward. I believe with the support of this Council, we can continue to provide some great results for our community.”
“I would like to thank the new Councillors, Cr Chelsea McNeil and Cr Dylan Hearty, for standing up and putting your time and effort into our community.”
“I would also like to acknowledge the outgoing Councillors, Debra Pearce and Grant Lodge. Thank you for your commitment to the Council and our community during your term.”


Election Results 

Ordinary Postal Election Notice

The Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley is holding an election by postal vote on Saturday, 16 October 2021 to fill vacancies in the offices of Councillors as listed below:

District | 5 Councillors

BROOK, Narelle
KYNE, Bradley
MENZEL, David Douglas
MCNEIL, Chelsea
CHAFER, Anthony  

Election Packages will be sent to all electors on the local government electoral roll where there is an election in their electorate.

Replacement Packages can be obtained from the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley, 20 Coolibah Street Kununurra & Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley, Koolama Street, Wyndham during business hours prior to election day and from 8.00am to 6.00pm on election day if the package is not received or should any papers be missing.

Post your vote early. Completed postal voting packages must reach the Returning Officer by 6.00 pm on election day, Saturday, 16 October 2021.

You may hand-deliver your package to an electoral officer at the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley, 20 Coolibah Street, Kununurra & Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley, Koolama Street, Wyndham during business hours before election day or at any polling place in the district between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm on election day.


Chief Polling Place: Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley, 20 Coolibah Drive, KUNUNURRA
Other Polling Place: Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley, Koolama Street, WYNDHAM
The count of votes will commence at 6.00 pm at the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley Council Chambers, 20 Coolibah Drive, KUNUNURRA.


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2021 Local Government Election Candidates

On Tuesday 31 August 2021, there was an information session held at the Kununurra Shire Office, to view the slides from the session please click here. 
The following candidates have been nominated for the 2021 Local Government Elections (Listed in order of application received) : 

Name  Candidate Profile 

David Douglas, MENZEL


 It has been a privilege to lead the SWEK as President, along with a great team of Councillors, and also watching the change following the recruitment of the new CEO.

A very productive Council and CEO relationship has ensured priority projects are shovel ready. This is critical as external funding is required to deliver much of the infrastructure identified in our community survey. 

I believe stable local leadership, strong and effective advocacy, and clear alignment between the Kimberley Shires are critical to achieving the best future for our residents. 

A diverse and robust economic base is key to delivering improved livability for our residents. This can only be achieved with better social outcomes for the community and protecting our magnificent nature environment

Mobile: 0409 691 386
Postal Address: PO Box 350, Kununurra 6743

Anthony, CHAFER

I have spent all of my adulthood in the northwest, the majority living in Kununurra. My wife is from Wyndham and we have three daughters. 

I have represented the community on a range of committees including the Ewin Centre, School Council, Gelanyem Trust, Chamber of Commerce, District Health Advisory Committee, Volunteer Fire Brigade, Ord Valley Events and SWEK. 

I am CEO of a local company that plays a vital role in the EK economy through our management of the Wyndham Port and I believe a strong united Shire will ensure our region plays a significant role in, and benefits from, the development of northern Australia. 

My desire is to be part of a stable respectful Council as 1 of 9 community-driven councillors who provide leadership and support a Shire team that works for our community. 

Mobile: 0408 097 832 



Warren O'Rafferty has lived in Kununurra for over thirty years and is a well-known member of the community. 

He is passionate about social and economic development, ensuring financial sustainability for the region and a happy and healthy future for the people who live here. 

During his time in the East Kimberley, Warren has picked bananas, established the first Fish & Chip shop in Kununurra, skippered boat cruises along with the Ord, run a mango fam on Packsaddle Road, stacked shelves at Coles, worked in security at the airport, managed industrial and residential properties, and looked after his four children - all born in Kununurra. 

The people of the East Kimberley can rely on Warren to work for the betterment of all members of society and the goal of making a great region even greater. 

Mobile: 0438 652 298


I have lived in Kununurra since 1995 and throughout that time, have been a very strong advocate for all this East Kimberley. I have written award-winning submissions for local businesses/events. hosted media groups and travel agents from around the world for Tourism Western Australia and represented our region at tourism trade/travel shows across the country. I am a founding member of the Ord Valley Muster, the East Kimberley Marketing Group and am Secretary of the Rotary Club of Kununurra. 

I would like to continue my time as a Councillor with the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley as I feel that I have provided an effective voice for tourism and believe that collectively, we have created a strong foundation and a progressive team delivering strong leadership and outcome for the community. 

Mobile: 0407 476 406 


Being a father, I know the importance of creating a place where our children can be safe, connected, and enjoy our incredible environment. I also know the importance of developing a place where the community as a whole can thrive.

I look to represent the young and future families of the East Kimberley and in doing so, see more of our community continue to call this beautiful place home.

As an engineer, I will bring my experience in project management, proposal development, strategic planning, and economic development to Council and pursue a sustainable liveability agenda, incorporating secure housing, public realm development, safety, childcare, and education. I believe that through focusing on these areas, we can underpin our future success as a region.

Mobile: 0403 845 569

Bradley, KYNE

I have had the honour of being a Kununurra resident since 2013.

I moved to Kununurra for a two-year contract, and during this time I honestly fell in love with the East Kimberley. I quickly decided that I wanted to make this area my home forever. So in 2015, I started a local business, that now employs well over 50 local residents.

I have been involved with many volunteer organisations including 6 years with the local ambulance service.

I am an easily approachable member of the community and thrive on a challenge.

I hope to be able to serve the community and give back to this amazing place.

Mobile: 0417 371 879


Keith Wright has called our shire home for over 50 years and owned/operated businesses in Wyndham / Kununurra firstly as a Pharmacist and currently as a tour and charter operator (including the little red cars with green roof lights)

A vote for me will allow my 30 years as a Councillor experience to be put to good use to help us all.

  1. I am a permanent resident; I don't come and go like some appear to
  2. I am readily contactable, day or night
  3. I am your ears and eyes. I see and say what others avoid
  4. I'll strive for our runway extension
  5. I'll work toward better street lighting
  6. I am enthusiastic about OUR shire
  7. I can be relied upon for the long term

For honest, straightforward, down to earth action, your vote will not be wasted This is OUR town and I am eager to help make good

Mobile: 0427 633 455

Chelsea, MCNEIL

I have lived in the East Kimberly for eight years but being relatively young I am unable to bring years of public service to such a role. Despite this I understand that councils represent the community voice and I believe that I can bring your views to council.

‘It takes a Community’ to continue to grow a region. Our views may not always align but the underlying strength of the community is in its diversity. Working together to ensure our region is better tomorrow than it was today is what every council aims for.

I'm currently President of the Netball Association, work with local farming businesses and am a partner in a local business. I hold a qualification in Farm Business Management and believe these experiences have assisted me to further understand issues that impact our community.

Mobile: 0418 835 194


I have lived and worked in Northern Australia for the past 45 years in the Northern Territory and Kimberleys where I have been involved in local, state and federal government departments, projects and developments. In my various management roles I have developed good communication and interpersonal skills that have allowed me to advance my career opportunities.

I have been involved and participated in numerous sporting and industry associations, volunteer organizations and have provided advice and developed projects for state governments. My management has included supervision and management of small to large numbers of employees across a wide range of disciplines. My career has been based in the Agriculture and Pastoral industries but always with strong connections to the local community.

Mobile: 0407 756 840

Call for Nominations Notice

An Ordinary Postal Election will be held on Saturday, 16 October 2021 in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley to fill the following vacancies: 

District 5       Councillors 4 year terms

Nominations Open on Thursday, 2 September 2021
Nominations Close at 4:00 PM Thursday, 9 September 2021
Nominations must be lodged with the Returning Officer:

  • at any time during the above period by arrangement; or
  • between 2:00 pm and 4:00 PM Thursday, 9 September 2021 (close of nominations) at the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley, 20 Coolibah Drive, KUNUNURRA.

Nominations Requirements
Candidates are required to lodge with the Returning Officer:

  • a completed nomination in the prescribed form signed and witnessed. This form is available from the Returning Officer or the Western Australian Electoral Commission(;
  • a single A4 page profile of not more than 800 characters (including spaces) containing information about the candidate;
  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or postal order);
  • (optional) a recent passport-sized photograph of the candidate’s head, or head and shoulders; and
  • every candidate must have completed the online course titled Induction for prospective candidates, available at, prior to nominating.

The Commission has developed an online system called Nomination Builder to assist candidates to complete their nomination form which includes the candidate profile. This is the preferred method of completing the nomination form and profile for elections conducted by the Commission. Candidates complete their nomination details and profile, print the completed form which has a reference number allocated and lodge it with the Returning Officer. The nomination builder can be accessed via
Where an agent lodges a nomination on a candidate’s behalf, it must be in the prescribed form with a written authorisation signed by the candidate.
The documents may be hand-delivered or posted to the Returning Officer and must be received by the close of nominations.
Full details about eligibility and nomination procedures for prospective candidates can be obtained by contacting the Returning Officer, Lincoln HEADING on 0458 867 179 or the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.

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Local Government Ordinary Election Close of Enrolments

Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley
ROLL CLOSE: 5:00 PM Friday, 27 August 2021

You may be eligible to be enrolled to vote in the local government elections on 16 October 2021 if you live in or are an owner or occupier of rateable property in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.

You are automatically enrolled to vote if you are on the State Electoral Roll as of 5:00 PM Friday, 27 August 2021. If you are not already on the State Electoral Roll and meet the eligibility criteria, or if you have changed address recently, you must complete an enrolment form.

Enrolment Forms
Electoral enrolment forms
 are available from the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley, all Australian Electoral Commission offices ( or the Western Australian Electoral Commission ( and must be completed and reach a Divisional Returning Officer in Western Australia by 5:00 PM Friday, 27 August 2021.

Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers
If you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley and are on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, you are eligible to enrol to vote. If you are not on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll and own or occupy rateable property in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley you may be eligible to enrol to vote. This applies if you were on the last electoral roll for the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley prior to May 1996 and have owned or occupied rateable property in the district continuously since this time. Please contact your local government for details. Owners of land who were on the last Local Government roll continue to retain that status until they cease to own the rateable property to which the enrolment relates. Occupiers do not have continuous enrolment and should contact the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley to confirm their enrolment status. 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 three months following the date of the application to enrol.

Joint Owners and Occupiers
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 Roll, to enrol as owner/occupier electors.

A body corporate that owns or occupies rateable property may nominate two people who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll to enrol as owner/occupier electors.

Enrolment Forms – Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Only
Enrolment forms can be obtained from local governments and must be lodged with the Chief Executive Officer by 5:00 PM Friday, 27 August 2021. Further information can be obtained from the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.

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Owner/Occupier RollEligibility for Local Elections 

If you own property but do not live in the Shire or operate a business in the Shire, you may be eligible to enrol on the owner/occupier roll. To be eligible for this roll, a person must be:

  • Registered on the state electoral roll where they live, and
  • Either own or have a right of continuous occupation under a lease agreement or other legal instrument of a property within the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley
  • The right of continuous occupation must extend for a period of at least three months.

Enrolment on the owner/occupier roll allows a person who is enrolled to vote at one address and owns or occupies the property at a different address, to vote in both areas. Where two or more individuals jointly own or occupy a property, up to two of them may enrol, with the written agreement of a majority of the owners where there are three or more co-owners or occupiers.

Where a company or body corporate owns or occupies rateable land, up to two people can be enrolled to vote on its behalf. If the same company or body corporate owns more than one property in a ward, the body is still only entitled to have two nominated persons on the roll.

Occupiers and occupier nominees remain on the roll for a period of two elections after their enrolment is accepted and then are taken off the roll six months after the second election. They must then re-enrol if they wish to continue as electors. Owners of a rateable property remain on the roll until the property passes ownership.

The Shire encourages all business representatives and property owners to have their say by voting.

To check your enrolment status on the residents roll visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission


To register your eligibility please download, complete and return the Enrolment eligibility claim form

2019 LG Election Results  

The 2019 Ordinary Council Elections have officially concluded with the Western Australian Electoral Commission issuing the Shire's Electoral Report. Please find the WAEC report by clicking here