Council Elections 2017

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

An Ordinary Postal Election will be held on Saturday, 21 October 2017 in the Shire of Gnowangerup to fill the following vacancies:

District

5

Councillors

4 year term 


Nominations
Open on Thursday, 7 September 2017
 

Nominations Close at 4:00pm Thursday, 14 September 2017

Nominations must be lodged with the Returning Officer:

  • at any time during the above period by arrangement; or
  • between 2:00pm and 4:00pm Thursday, 14 September 2017 (close of nominations) at the
    Shire of Gnowangerup, 28 Yougenup Road, GNOWANGERUP.

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 containing not more than 150 words of information about the candidate;
  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or postal order); and
  • a recent passport-sized photograph (optional).

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 at elections.wa.gov.au

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, posted or faxed to the Returning Officer and must be received by the close of nominations.

Information

Full details about eligibility and nomination procedures for prospective candidates can be obtained by contacting the Returning Officer on 0433 210 494 or the Western Australian Electoral Commission
on 13 63 06. 

Dianne FORDHAM LAMONT

RETURNING OFFICER


 



2017 CLOSE OF ENROLMENTS

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 Shire of Gnowangerup.

Residents

You are automatically enrolled to vote if you are on the State Electoral Roll as at 5:00 PM 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.

Enrolment Forms

Electoral enrolment forms are available from the Shire of Gnowangerup, 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 5:00 PM 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 Gnowangerup 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 Gnowangerup you may be eligible to enrol to vote. This applies if you were on the last electoral roll for the Shire of Gnowangerup 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 Gnowangerup 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.

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.

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, 1 September 2017. Further information can be obtained from the Shire of Gnowangerup.

Shelley Pike

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Shire of Gnowangerup

Telephone: 9827 1007

2017 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

The Shire of Gnowangerup Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday 21st October 2017 to fill the following vacancies:

  • 5 Councillor positions each for a 4 year term

To assist you in making a decision to stand for council the Shire of Gnowangerup will be conducting a community presentation on “what’s involved in being a councillor”.

Areas covered in the session include;

  • Key dates for the election
  • Nominating for election
  • General information
  • The sorts of skills you need to be a Councillor; and
  • The role of an elected member

The presentation is open to all community members and will be held at the Shire of Gnowangerup on Monday 11th September 2017 commencing at 6:00pm at the Shire of Gnowangerup Administration Offices.

Please RSVP your attendance to Abbey Sergeant via email abbey.sergeant@gnowangerup.wa.gov.au or phone 9827 1007 by Friday 8th September 2017.

Shelley Pike

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER