Local Government Election

Ordinary Local Government Elections

Ordinary Local Government Elections are held in Western Australia every two years on the third Saturday in October

The 2019 election for the Shire of Murray will take place on Saturday 19 October via a postal vote. Ballot packages will reach elector mailboxes from early October. Five positions will be contested at this election.

Current Councillors whose terms will end on 19 October, 2019:

  • Shire President Cr. David Bolt
  • Deputy Shire President Cr. Steve Lee
  • Cr. Ange Rogers
  • Cr. Casey Rose
  • Retired Cr. Maree Reid

Interested in Nominating?

Anyone enrolled as a resident or as a non-resident owner or occupier (apart from the nominee of a body corporate) of rateable property within the Shire of Murray is eligible to nominate as a candidate for the 2019 Shire of Murray Local Government Election.

Download a nomination form below.

Candidate Nominations will be accepted by the Returning Officer from Thursday 5 September, 2019 until 4:00pm Thursday 12 September, 2019.



Candidate Nomination Form

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Candidate Information

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    Mandatory Induction Session Prior to Nominating

    If you are thinking about nominating for Council at the 2019 Local Government Ordinary Election, an online induction must be completed prior to nomination.

    Visit the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ website.


    Candidate Information Session

    Candidate Information Session

    • 3:30pm Thursday 22 August, 2019
    • Councillors Lounge, Shire of Murray Administration Building
    • Presentation by the WA Electoral Commission

    If you’re interested in attending please contact Coordinator Executive Services Fayhe Hide on 08 9531 7777 before 5:00pm Wednesday 21 August, 2019.

    Arm yourself with the information you need to successfully become a candidate in the upcoming 2019 Election.

    Timeline for Candidates

    • 21 August – Register for the Candidate Information Session
    • 22 August – Candidate Information Session
    • 5 September – Nomination period opens for potential Councillors. Nominations must be submitted to the Returning Officer (yet to be appointed)
    • 12 September – Nomination period closes at 4:00pm. REMEMBER – a mandatory induction session must be undertaken prior to submitting your nomination. The induction is available online via the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website. You will be asked to declare that you have completed the online induction when filling out your nomination form. It is an offence to make false or misleading statements on the nomination form.
    • 19 October – Vote count and declaration of results

    Contacting the Returning Officer

    The WA Electoral Commission is yet to appoint a Returning Officer for the 2019 Shire of Murray Local Government Ordinary Election. Further information will be posted once an appointment has been confirmed.

    Are You Eligible to Vote?

    If you live in or own rateable property in the Shire of Murray and meet the relevant eligibility criteria, then you are entitled to vote at Council elections. However, in order to do so you must be enrolled either on the State Electoral Roll for an address within the Shire, or on the Shire’s Owners and Occupiers Roll.

    If you are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll and you are listed as living at an address within the Shire of Murray, then you will be automatically included on the local government electoral roll for this Shire.

    However, if you are an owner or occupier of property within the Shire of Murray but are enrolled on the State roll at an address outside the Shire, or are not currently listed on any electoral roll but meet the eligibility criteria, then you must apply for inclusion on the Shire’s Owners and Occupiers Roll.

    You can check your enrolment details by visiting the WA Electoral Commission’s website.

    Please be aware that the last date for inclusion on the Electoral Roll for the 2019 Elections is 30 August, 2019. Your application for enrolment must be received by the close of business on this day if you wish to vote in the 2019 Elections.

    Please contact the Shire on 08 9531 7777 or email mailbag@ murray.wa.gov.au for further advice on applying for registration as an owner or occupier.

    2017 Local Government Election Results

    The 2017 Local Government Election took place on Saturday 21 October.

    There were five vacant Council positions and the Shire received nine candidate nominations.

    A 35.02% return vote rate was realised through election efforts, an increase of over 11% on the 2013 and 2015 elections.

    The Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation Referendum was also coordinated as part of the 2017 election.

    Results of Election

    CandidateNumber of Votes
    Mclarty, Douglas2742
    Cardilini, Brad2248
    Black, Geoff2023
    Reid, Maree1971
    Beacham, Brenda1899
    Thompson, Christine1593
    Briggs, Patricia1575
    Veevers, Steve1435
    Maclure, Donald1437

    The five candidates who received the most votes were elected as Councillors and will hold office until 16 October, 2021.

    Results of Referendum

    Electors voted Yes or No to the following question:

    Do you support a Pinjarra Town Centre heavy haulage deviation?

    Votes YesVotes NoInformal Votes

    The referendum result was in favour of a Pinjarra Town Centre heavy haulage deviation.

    State and Federal Government funding has been received to progress the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation. Detailed planning and design will occur in the 2019/20 financial year.

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