Western Australia has 139 local governments  ranging in size from 150 people to over 182,000. For each of these, a council of elected members sets the directions and policies of the local government. Local government elections play an important role in our democratic system and are an excellent opportunity for people to contribute to, and be involved in their local community. Electors are encouraged to nominate to be a councillor in their local government elections. Any eligible elector can stand for council. Councillors are elected for terms of four years in Western Australia. Elections are held every two years for half of the council, and candidates are elected using the first-past-the-post voting system. If a vacancy occurs within a term, an extraordinary election is held.

2017 Council Elections

The next local government ordinary election will be held on 21 October 2017 with Councillors elected for a four year term. Four Councillor positions are up for re-election.

Enrolling to vote

Enrolments for the electoral roll for the 2017 Local Government Ordinary Election closed on Friday 1 September 2017 at 5:00pm. 

How do I vote?

The election is a postal election only conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

A postal voting package will be sent to all eligible electors around three weeks prior to polling day. The package will include a list of candidates, ballot papers, instructions on how to vote and a declaration. To vote, follow the instructions included in the package.

Each elector is entitled to vote for up to four candidates.  You are encouraged to use your right to choose up to four candidates.  Voting for less than four will NOT make your vote invalid.

I haven’t received my postal voting package, what do I do?

Replacement Packages can be obtained from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River prior to election day and from 8.00am to 6.00pm on election day if the package is not received or should any papers be missing.

When do I need to return my vote by?

Post your vote early. Completed postal voting packages must reach the Returning Officer by 6.00pm on election day, Saturday, 21 October 2017.  Electors are encouraged to return their postal vote via Australia Post Australia Post by close of business Friday 13 October 2017.

You may hand deliver your completed postal voting package by placing it in the ballot box at the Civic Administration Centre in Margaret River during normal business hours before election day or at the polling place at the Civic Adminstration Centre between 8.00am and 6.00pm on election day.

Chief Polling Place: 41 Wallcliffe Road, MARGARET RIVER

The count of votes will commence at 6.00pm at the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, 41 Wallcliffe Road, MARGARET RIVER.

Who are the candidates?

There are nine nominated candidates. View candidate profiles here

Pauline McLeod
Julian Janes
Julia Meldrum
Frank Edwards
Felicity Haynes
Kylie Kennaugh
Naomi Godden
Kim Hastie
Ian Earl

Who votes for the Shire President?

The Shire President of the Council is elected by the Councillors from amongst themselves at a Special Meeting following the election, currently scheduled for the 25th of October 2017. 

When will I know the results of the election?

The election is conducted by the Electoral Commissioner. Election results will usually be declared by the Commission on the night of the election, Saturday 21 October, once the count has been completed. The count will take place in the Council Chambers from 6pm onwards and members of the public are invited to attend.

Councillors are responsible for representing the interests of the residents of the district, providing leadership and guidance to the community, facilitating communication and participating in decision-making.

More information

For further information, please contact the Returning Officer (Brian Warbey) on 0401 061 480 or the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.

Further information on Local Government Elections may be obtained from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development website.

Past election results

Election Results for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River elections since May 1999 may be obtained from the Western Australian Electoral Commission website.

To apply to vote in the local government elections please complete the Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form.

After the 2017 Election, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River will move to a No Ward electoral system.

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PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
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