Nominations for the 2019 Local Government Elections have closed, with 30 candidates putting their hand up to represent the community.

Local government elections are held every two years, with the votes for this year’s elections set to be counted on Saturday 19 October 2019.

Six councillor positions will be contested during the elections, with each position having a four year term. Two vacancies are up for election in the Baldivis Ward, one in the Comet Bay Ward and three in the Rockingham/Safety Bay Ward. Together, the six newly elected councillors will form part of an 11 person council.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said it was encouraging to see a diverse range of people step forward to represent the City.

“Local government elections are a terrific opportunity for residents to put themselves forward and represent the community,” Mayor Sammels said.

“For Council to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible it’s crucial that the diverse and wide ranging viewpoints from across the community are represented. It’s pleasing to see that 30 candidates have nominated, and the City wishes them luck in their campaigns to become councillors.”

Residents will begin receiving their voting packages in the mail starting from Thursday 26 September 2019. Those who don’t receive a voting package by Monday 7 October 2019 should visit the City of Rockingham Administration building to collect a replacement package.

“With a range of candidates to choose from I urge all residents to vote and make their voice heard during the 2019 local government elections,” Mayor Sammels said.

“All you need to do is sign the front, fill in the ballot paper and send it back. No stamps are required.”

The votes will be counted in the City of Rockingham Administration Building Reception Room from 6pm on Saturday 19 October 2019. This vote count will be administered by the WA Electoral Commission.

Following the election a Special Council Meeting will be held at 6pm on Monday 21 October 2019 in the Council Chambers. This meeting will be for the election of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and elections of Councillors to the various Council and non-Council committees.

 

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