Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Exercise your democratic right and vote

    12/10/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Importance of voting in local government elections
    • It’s ‘Your vote - Your community’
    It is unfair for people to level criticism at local governments without taking the time themselves to vote in council elections said Local Government Minister John Castrilli.

    Mr Castrilli said councils do receive complaints from the public, but responsibility for electing the right people lies with the community taking the time to assess candidates and vote for someone who will best represent them.

    “Each person needs to take an active role and think about who they want making the major decisions for their area,” he said.

    “The work of local government is varied, and plays an important role in all areas of our day-to-day life as citizens - whether we live in cities, towns or country areas.

    “These elections are about ‘Your vote - Your Community’ and I urge Western Australian electors to make sure they have their say in these local government elections.”

    More than one million electors have now been posted a voting package, covering the 74 local governments undertaking WA Electoral Commission-conducted postal elections.  There are some districts and wards where candidates have been elected unopposed.

    Electors will need to ensure their completed package is returned to the returning officer of their local council by the close of polling at 6pm on Saturday.

    A further 27 local governments are undertaking in person elections and electors can place their vote at nominated polling booths in their local government area on October 15, 2011.
     
          Fact File
    • Current WAEC figures show just 26.47 per cent of ballot papers issued have been returned from the 1,122,309 voting packages sent out
    • Local government elections to be held on Saturday October 15, 2011
     
    Minister's office - 9213 6800