Shire of Goomalling

2019 Local Government Elections

The Shire of Goomalling will be holding local government elections on Saturday 19 October 2019.  

Ever thought of becoming a Councillor?

2019 is the expiry of the elected term of 4 of our current Goomalling Shire Councillors, so if you want to make a difference in Goomalling and have a say in local decision-making, consider standing for election.

Councillors play an important community leadership role and create policies and resolve decisions that the Council makes about what happens locally.

Council’s role within a Local Government

The Council works together with the community and Shire staff to create and implement the community’s vision, strategic direction and values.

The Council’s role is to:

  • govern the local government’s affairs;
  • be responsible for the performance of the local government’s functions;
  • oversee the allocation of the local government’s finances and resources; and
  • determine the local government’s policies.

The role of each Councillor

A councillor is a member of a team, shaping the district’s future in consultation with the community.

Councillors:

  • represent the interests of electors, ratepayers and residents;
  • provide leadership and guidance to the community;
  • facilitate communication between the community and the council and vice versa;
  • participate in decision making processes at meetings.

What is expected of a Councillor

Council members have a duty to attend all or most council meetings to ensure that electors are adequately represented. At their meetings Council:

  • Approve and review Council policies;
  • Set and adopt annual budget, and review finances through monthly reports;
  • Review our strategic planning, to make sure it is meeting the changing needs of the community;
  • Provide input on State and Federal issues;
  • Vote on any other items or requests.

In Goomalling we hold 11 ordinary meetings and approx. 2-3 special meetings per year, and other functions or meetings as required. Meeting attendance fees are paid as a recognition of the amount of time and effort members must put into preparing for meetings.

In the end, deciding whether or not to stand for council is a very personal choice. You need to consider your own circumstances and whether or not you think you are suited to the role, and if you are able to make the commitment in time and energy required to fulfill the role.

This information is based on the factsheets provided by the Department of Local Government and this and more information is available on their website: dlgsc.wa.gov.au/local-government/local-governments/council-elections/put-yourself-forward-nominate-for-council

How to nominate as a candidate for Council?

Eligibility

To stand for election as a councillor, you must:

Induction

This year new laws have been introduced which makes it compulsory for all candidates nominating in a LG election to complete the Department of Local Government’s online induction: dlgsc.wa.gov.au/candidateinduction.

The induction should take no longer than one hour to complete. At the end of the induction you will need to fill in your details to register your completion with DLGSC and you will need to include this on your nomination form.

Lodging your application

The Nomination Period opens Thursday 5th September and closes at 4.00pm on Thursday 12th September 2019.

A valid nomination consists of:

  • Complete nomination form, signed and witnessed. Nomination forms are available from the shire office, or use the online Nomination Builder tool provided by AEC;
  • a candidate profile containing not more than 150 words;
  • A nomination deposit of $80.00 in the form of cash, cheque or money order;
  • A recent passport-sized photograph (optional).

The reason that a deposit is required is to discourage frivolous nominations. Nomination deposits are to be returned to any successful candidate, and any candidate who receives at least 5 per cent of the total number of votes.

The purpose of the profile is to provide information to electors about your views and beliefs as well as your personal details so that they can make an informed choice when voting. You may wish to tell them what you think are important services and facilities for your community and which you would like your local government to consider providing. You could highlight new areas where council could develop policies; and tell them what you would work towards on their behalf should you be elected.

The documents may be hand delivered, posted or emailed to the Returning Officer as per below details, and must be received before the close of nominations.

PETER BENTLEY
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Shire of Goomalling
32 Quinlan Street  |  PO Box 118
GOOMALLING  WA 6460
goshire@goomalling.wa.gov.au
Ph: (08) 9629 1101  |  F: (08) 9629 1017

Voting in elections

Voting in a local government election is not compulsory in Western Australia. However, all electors are strongly encouraged to vote.

Enrolling to vote

You may be eligible to be enrolled to vote in the upcoming in-person Local Government elections on 19 October 2019 if you live in or are an owner or occupier of rateable property in the district of the Shire of Goomalling. 

Electoral rolls close at 5.00 pm on 30 August 2019. All electors should check their enrolment details are up to date before rolls close. More information on enrolling to vote has recently been published in the Endeavour and on this website.

More information

The Western Australian Electoral Commission website also has more information about local government elections and enrolling to vote.