Elections / Electoral Roll
Council elections are held every second year on the third Saturday of October. The Shire President is elected from amongst the councillors and represents the combined electorate.
Who Can Vote?
You can vote at Council elections if you are registered on the State Roll as a resident, before the rolls close.
Claims for enrolment on the State Roll should be made at any Australian Electoral Commission in Western Australia.
Owners And Occupiers
You are also eligible to be enrolled to vote if you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property, provided that you are on a State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll. However, it is essential that you lodge an enrolment form. You can obtain an enrolment form from any local government office and lodge it with your local Council before closing day.
If you are not on a State or Commonwealth electoral roll, a claim can still be accepted, provided you were on the last owner and occupier's roll for that electorate and have continued to own or occupy rateable property in that electorate continuously since that roll was prepared.
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 documents 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 persons, a majority of the owners/occupiers may nominate two persons from amongst themselves who are either on the State or Commonwealth rolls, to enrol as owner/occupier electors.
A body corporate which owns or occupies rateable property may nominate two persons who are on either the State or Commonwealth electoral rolls, to enrol as owner/occupier electors.
Where To Vote
Polling places are advertised in "The West Australian" and local newspapers prior to each election.
If you need to apply for registration on the Shire's Roll or wish to check that you are enrolled, please phone the Rates Officer on 9927 0000.
For further information regarding elections, please contact the Director (Corporate and Community) on 9927 0000.