West Australians interested in making a difference in their community are urged to stand as candidates in the upcoming local government elections.
Local Government Minister John Castrilli said it was important that electors, particularly younger people and those from indigenous or multicultural backgrounds, took the opportunity to be a part of their local council - a chance that only came around every two years.
“Local governments benefit significantly from having a diverse group of elected members and the importance of the role of mayor, president or councillor could never be underestimated,” Mr Castrilli said.
“Being an elected member is a very demanding but rewarding experience. Therefore people considering standing for council need to ensure they are fully aware of their responsibilities.
“Most local governments have multi-million dollar budgets, and outcomes and planning for the future which impact on everyday lives and improve the quality of life within your community.”
Nominations for local government open on Thursday September 1, 2011.
Eligible people must submit their nomination to their local returning officer before 4pm on September 8 to run for council. Local government election day is October 15, 2011.
For more information about the elections or standing for council go to the Department of Local Government website http://www.dlg.wa.gov.au or the WA Electoral Commission - http://www.waec.wa.gov.au
Minister's office - 9213 6800