Ljiljanna Ravlich

Ljiljanna Ravlich

Minister for Local Government; Racing and Gaming; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship; Government Enterprises; Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; Goldfields-Esperance; Youth

    Make your vote count in local government elections

    18/10/2007 5:07 PM
     
    18/10/07

    Local Government Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today urged Western Australian electors to take the time to vote in their local government’s elections to be held this Saturday, October 20.

    The Minister said that local governments had budgets in the millions of dollars and provided wide-ranging services, including the responsibility for planning residential and commercial developments and deciding where houses, shops and services were positioned.

    They also enforced a range of health and environmental legislation, made decisions about safety and security and are important provided facilities including sporting and community centres and services for children, youth and older people.

    “It is important for residents to have a say in who runs their community,” Ms Ravlich said.

    “Your vote can have a powerful influence on the type of decisions being made in your community.”

    The Minister said by taking the time to assess candidates and what they wanted, voters could play an active role in shaping their communities.

    “If you don’t vote, you take the risk of a council being elected that doesn’t meet your needs,” she said.

    Ms Ravlich said a new preferential or proportional representation system of voting had been introduced for this year’s local government elections which allowed electors to rank all candidates.

    “From this year, electors will vote in the same way as at State and Federal elections by numbering every box on the ballot paper,” she said.

    “The new system will ensure that every valid vote for each candidate is counted, which will result in fairer representation at the local level.”

    More information on how to cast a vote is available from local governments or the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on http://www.dlgrd.wa.gov.au or telephone 9217 1500.

    Minister's office - 9213 6800