Local Government Ordinary Elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years.
The next Local Government Ordinary Election will be held on 21 October 2017 with Councillors elected for a four year term. There will be four Councillor positions to be filled.
If the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies, the candidate is elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than vacancies, the election will proceed.
Enrolling to Vote
Enrolling to Vote
You may be eligible to be enrolled to vote in the Local Government elections on 21 October 2017 if you live in or are an owner or occupier of rateable property in the district of the relevant Local Government.
You are automatically enrolled to vote if you are on the State Electoral Roll as at 5.00pm 1 September 2017. If you are not already on the State Electoral Roll but meet the eligibility criteria for this Roll, a claim for enrolment can be made to any Divisional Returning Officer of the Australian Electoral Commission in Western Australia. Forms are available from all post offices or the Western Australian Electoral Commission and must be completed and reach a Divisional Returning Officer 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 your Local Government area and are on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, you are eligible to enrol to vote and should make an enrolment application to the Local Government. If you are not on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll and own or occupy rateable property in a particular Local Government, you may be eligible to enrol to vote if you were on the Local Government’s last electoral roll prior to May 1996. Please contact the particular Local Government for details. Owners of land who were on the last roll of the Local Government 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 their particular Local Government 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 3 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 claim forms can be obtained from Local Governments or Australian Electoral Commission offices and should be lodged with the particular Chief Executive Officer by 5.00pm Friday 1 September 2017. If you registered for the 2015 elections or since that time you do not need to register.
Thinking of being a Councillor?
If being a Shire Councillor is something that interests you, it is time to start giving it a thought.
Councillors represent the interests of the ratepayers and residents of the district and provide leadership and guidance to the community. They facilitate communication between the community and Shire, and participate in the Shire’s decision making process.
Nomination packs are available from the Shire of Narembeen administration office.