Local Government Election

Ordinary Local Government Elections are held in Western Australia every two years.

2017 is an election year and election day is set for Saturday 21 October, 2017.

There will be five vacant Council positions for the Shire’s 2017 Local Government Ordinary Election.

Returning Officer Information

The Western Australian Electoral Commission is currently considering the appointment of a returning officer.

Details will be posted in due course.

Candidate Nominations

Arm yourself with the information you need to successfully nominate to become a Councillor.

Visit the Government of Western Australia’s website to download several pertinent facts sheets, register for the webinar below and/or attend the upcoming Candidate Information Session.

WALGA Webinar for Prospective Elected Members

  • 5:00pm – 5:45pm Thursday 17 August, 2017

Topics will include:

  • an overview of Local Government
  • the Roles and Responsibilities of Council and Council Members
  • behavioural expectations of Elected Members
  • an overview of the skills required to be a successful Councillor, and
  • impacts on Home Life

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A Session following the presentation.

To register for this free webinar please click Here.

Candidate Information Session

  • 6:30pm Thursday 31 August, 2017
  • Councillors Lounge, Shire of Murray Administration Building

For further information please contact Robert Marlborough or Fayhe Hide at the Shire of Murray on (08) 9531 7777.

Intersted

Key Dates:

Advertising of nominations: After Saturday 26 August, 2017.
Nominations for candidates: Thursday 7 September to 4:00pm Thursday 14 September, 2017.

Voting

Murray residents will receive their ballot packages from September, 2017. To lodge your ballot via post simply complete and sign the enclosed ballot paper and return to the Western Australian Electoral Commission using the reply paid envelope provided.

Alternatively, residents can lodge their ballots at the Shire of Murray Administration Office on Election Day. The Shire’s office is located at 1915 Pinjarra Road, Pinjarra.

If your package has been damaged, replacement ballot packages can be obtained from the Shire’s Administration Office .

If you have not received a package please contact the Shire.

Candidate information will be available from the Western Australian Electoral Commission website and from this page in due course.

For further information regarding the upcoming local government election contact the Shire on (08) 9531 7777.

Key Dates:

  • Electoral rolls close: 5:00pm Friday 1 September, 2017.

Enrol to Vote

Residents

You are automatically enrolled to vote if you are on the State Electoral Roll as at 5:00pm Friday 1 September, 2017.

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.

  • Check your enrolment status: www.elections.wa.gov.au/onlineEnrolmentSystem
  • Online enrolment: www.aec.gov.au/enrol/
  • Hard copy forms: Available from the Shire of Murray, all post offices, 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 5:00pm Friday 1 September, 2017.

Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers

If you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the Shire of Murray 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 Murray you may be eligible to enrol to vote. This applies if you were on the last electoral roll for the Shire of Murray 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 Electoral 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 Murray 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.

Application for Enrolment by Owners and Occupiers

*Must be lodged with the Chief Executive Officer by 5:00pm Friday 1 September.

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.

Application for Enrolment by Multiple Owners/Occupiers

*Must be lodged with the Chief Executive Officer by 5:00pm Friday 1 September.

Corporations

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.

Application for Enrolment by Body Corporate

*Must be lodged with the Chief Executive Officer by 5:00pm Friday 1 September.

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