John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Stand for local council and help your community

    23/03/2005 12:00 AM

    Local Government and Regional Development Minister John Bowler today urged people interested in making a difference in their community to nominate for the May 7 local government elections.

    Nominations open tomorrow, Thursday March 24 and close on March 31 at 4pm, giving potential candidates only four working days, because of the Easter break, to lodge their nomination.

    “Local governments benefit from having a diverse complement of elected members on their council and I particularly encourage young people (over 18 years), women and those with an indigenous or multicultural background to consider standing,” Mr Bowler said.

    He said assistance was available to people thinking of running for council but who had little experience.

    “Being a councillor can be a rewarding experience - but it can be demanding,” Mr Bowler said.

    “Therefore, people considering standing for council need to ensure they are fully aware of what is expected of them.”

    Mr Bowler said people considering nominating could borrow a video and two publications from their local council which provide a real picture of what is involved for would-be candidates.

    The video ‘Standing for Council: How to have your say’ features insights and experiences from local government councillors.

    ‘Standing for Council: Information for Candidates’ and ‘Frequently Asked Questions about Local Government Elections’ are easy-to-read publications offering practical advice and information.

    Copies of the publications are also available from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development website at

    “Western Australia needs people with vision and a diversity of interests and skills to serve on our local government councils,” Mr Bowler said.

    “Anyone with a desire to change things for the better in their community could already be a strong candidate and I encourage people to take up this opportunity.”

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