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.

2019 Election Date: Saturday 19 October via postal vote

Chief Polling Place: Shire of Murray Administration Office, 1915 Pinjarra Road, Pinjarra

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

Election Packages:

  • Sent to all electors on the local government electoral roll as at 30 August.
  • Will reach elector mailboxes from early October.

Replacement Packages:

  • Only obtainable if an eligible elector has not received their package or if any papers are missing.
  • Obtainable from the Shire of Murray Administration Office prior to election day or 8.00am to 6.00pm on election day.

Post to Vote:

  • Return your completed postal voting package to the Returning Officer, as per instructions contained in the package.
  • Post your vote early.
  • Completed postal voting packages must reach the Returning Officer by 6.00pm on election day, Saturday 19 October, 2019.

The count of votes will commence at 6.00pm at the Chief Polling Place.

2019 Candidates

In ballot order

David Bolt 

Passionate about: Local business and job creation, Murray’s export economy, historic and environmental asset retention and the provision of medical services closer to Pinjarra

Lives in: South Yunderup

Candidate Bio

Local government should be accountable, transparent and manage ratepayer’s money wisely.

Murray has a prosperous future and if re-elected I will lobby all sides of government to fund additional infrastructure, advocate for a regional hospital and medical services closer to Pinjarra, fight for more public transport, upgraded recreational facilities and new cycle paths.

I will champion local businesses to attract jobs and grow our export economy around new technology and agriculture. I will work to ensure Murray remains a great place to live by protecting our rivers and estuary, promoting and preserving historical assets, increase tourism and maintain our country lifestyle.

I value constructive feedback, will stay open-minded, act strategically and commit to deliver for residents of all ages. I live in South Yunderup with my wife and teenage children. An engineering degree and extensive business experience helps me bring logic, vision, energy and innovation to my role on Council.

Stuart Kirkham

Passionate about: New projects and tourism for local job creation, environmental protection and keeping rate rises to a sustainable minimum while continuing to improve Murray’s services and facilities

Lives in: Coolup

Candidate Bio

I have lived in the Murray Shire all my life growing up in Coolup on the family farm. I moved to Pinjarra for a short time before returning to Coolup where I now live with my wife Lynda and our three sons. I have worked for Alcoa for the past 26 years and also farm beef cattle. I am currently the Captain of the Coolup VBFB and have been a member for 11 years.

My focus will be keeping rate rises at a sustainable minimum while continuing to improve services and facilities evenly throughout our Shire. I’ll support new projects and tourism that create employment opportunities for local people. Protecting our environmentally fragile areas, particularly our waterways for the local community and visitors to continue to enjoy is important to me. I believe I have the skills needed and will honour the opportunity to represent the community if elected.

Steve Lee

Passionate about: Progressing projects, community group representation and involvement

Lives in: Ravenswood

Candidate Bio

I am honoured to have served the Community for 6 years, with the past 4 years elected by Councillors as your Deputy President.

Having worked for 35 years within the State Government, 25 years in Education, in Administration and Finance, I believe my skills and experience can continue to be used for the benefit of all residents.

As a retiree, I have the time and passion to represent you on Council.

I am currently Treasurer for Pinjarra Lions, The Friends of Edenvale and the Peel Trails Group. A Board Member of Pinjarra Bendigo Bank, Peel Harvey Catchment Council and a member of Pinjarra Community Garden, Ravenswood Community Group and the Yunderup Sports & Recreation Club.

The progress with projects within the Shire has been exciting, and there is still much I would like to see achieved.

I ask your support to be re-elected as your Councillor.

Casey Rose

Passionate about: Project progression and contribution to help guide the future of Murray as well as supporting residents and working along side community groups

Lives in: West Coolup

Candidate Bio

Being part of the Murray community during my first term has been rewarding and insightful.

Under the professional leadership of our recent Shire President, myself and fellow elected members have been fortunate to be a part of our developing Shire, one that is showcasing many positive and innovative outcomes.

With many projects still to reach fruition, such as the Exchange Hotel, the Dwellingup Trails Hub and the Nambeelup Precinct an opportunity to continue contributing to these and working with our existing residents and community groups would be fulfilling.

This coming election, there are many worthy candidates nominating to help guide the future of our Shire. I am confident the diversity in both existing and new candidates will continue to provide genuine, passionate leadership for our growing community.

Christine (Chris) Thompson

Passionate about: Emergency disaster management, road and cycle way upgrades and youth involvement as well as environmental, social and economic sustainability

Lives in: Furnissdale

Candidate Bio

Residing in Furnissdale for 38 years I am nominating as a Council representative for Murray. Being the “grass roots” of government it is ideally placed to meet the changing needs of communities with implementing strategic planning and community values.

Community involvements: Justice of the Peace, active within volunteer Bushfire Brigades, founding member of Pinjarra Swimming Club and Recovery coordinator for the 2007 Dwellingup fires.

Important issues: Emergency Disaster Management ensuring protection of life and environment. Endorse the principle of environmental, social and economic sustainability with these elements in balance. Encourage youth involvement in Shire’s growth. Upgrading roads with the continuation of cycle ways.

Murray Shire is a wonderful place to live with many facilities. I would like to have input into improving our community’s infrastructure, assist the many voluntary organisations, with a voice on Council, and the preservation of our unique lifestyle. I respectfully ask for your support and vote.

David Pike

Passionate about: Youth, Murray’s future, local job opportunities and the provision of local medical facilities

Lives in: Pinjarra

Candidate Bio

A resident of Pinjarra for the past 16 years, I have been excited by the growth of our town & shire; future opportunities will be even better!

I value our country life style & pace. I have served the community as a local pastor & been active in our local events. I strongly believe in supporting local business.

I am passionate about our youth and the future of our region, with strong emphasis on work opportunities for our young as well as more experienced people.

I believe our hospital should be utilised fully so that local people can receive health care quickly, while easing Mandurah’s hospital burden.

Experience as a senior estimator has given me clear insight into business & strong communication skills with people.

Given the opportunity to serve our community; I will diligently serve with vigour & energy to help make Pinjarra & her surrounding communities even greater.

Tom Quirk

Passionate about: Economic development and job creation to ensure greater financial security for Murray’s community, business investment and the expansion of the Peel Business Park and Murrayfield Airport

Lives in: Dwellingup

Candidate Bio

I live in Dwellingup and am active in community development issues. I am from a farming family and have worked in agricultural economics and marketing with the Department of Agriculture. I am a member of the Dwelling up Community Compact, the Pinjarra Community Networking Forum and the Pinjarra Rotary Club, which has enabled me to lead several innovative community projects, including the early negotiations for opening of Dwellingup Airstrip for tourism and building a large new bicycle shed at Fairbridge Village for disadvantaged students.

If I am elected, I will add my support to Council’s projects for economic development and jobs creation, to assist families and singles, of all ages, to have greater financial security in the future and enjoy better health outcomes. I will encourage the expansion of the Peel Business Park and Murrayfield Airport, and seek businesses to invest in the Pinjarra Industrial Area and the Pinjarra town centre.

Ange Rogers

Passionate about: Assisting communities to thrive, project progression whilst retaining Murray’s rural lifestyle and community involvement

Lives in: Coolup

Candidate Bio

I live on our farm in Coolup with my husband and three children and I’m seeking re-election. I am very involved within my community as the President of the Coolup Progress Association and an active member of the CVBFB. I have a passion for helping communities thrive and serving on council has allowed me the opportunity to be apart of that on a bigger scale.

I am a very approachable & honest person who is naturally drawn to helping the community and listening to what residents want and need. I love the rural lifestyle that the Shire of Murray has to offer and will always push to see that it remains a strong focus in future developments.

The past 4 years serving on council has been extremely fulfilling and
enjoyable and I feel I still have plenty of passion and enthusiasm to give to this position if re-elected.

Colleen Warr

Passionate about: Youth, mental health, community services and building resilience through supporting local groups and organisations

Lives in: Dwellingup

Candidate Bio

I have called Dwellingup home for over 14 years with my Husband and 3 daughters. I take great pride in my community and am excited to be a part of the evolving Shire of Murray. I spend my time volunteering in Community groups and events that enable our community to come together and showcase what a beautiful part of the world we live in. I’m passionate about Youth, Mental Health and Community Services.

I feel given the opportunity to help, I will, it is important to me for the community to feel valued, to recognize contributions big and small. Through continued support of organisations such as the Dwellingup Community Compact Inc. , Dwellingup Teenz, Dwellingup Creative, Dwellingup Bushfire Brigade and other Community Groups it is my intention to build resilience and community engagement.

Vote for me, I won’t waste this opportunity!

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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