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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.
The next Local Government ordinary election will be held on Saturday, 16 October 2021.
Councillors with their term expiring in October 2021 -
Councillors with their term expiring in October 2023 -
For more information on current councillors see the Your Councillors page.
Elections are held on the third Saturday of October every two years for half of the council. If a vacancy occurs within a term, an extraordinary election is held.
If you are eligible to vote in the local government election, you are also likely to be eligible to stand for a position on council.
You can nominate for a position on council regardless of qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession. In fact, councils encourage nominations by people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of views are represented.
Councillors in Western Australia are elected for a term of four years.
Nominations are open between Thursday, 2 September and Thursday, 9 September 2021 4pm. Please see the Becoming a Councillor page.
In Western Australia voting in Local Government elections is not compulsory, however all electors are strongly encouraged to vote.
There are two ways to vote - by post or in person. All electors will be posted a voting package which includes the ballot papers and voting instructions. If you don't complete a postal vote, you may vote in person on the election day.
Individuals registered with the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) for a property you occupy in the Shire are automatically entitled to vote in the Local Government elections and a voting package will be posted to you. For more information see WAEC webpages Online Enrolment Check and Enrol.
Non-resident owners or occupiers of rateable property within the Shire are entitled to vote and are encouraged to complete and lodge an Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form by close of roll date Friday 27 August 2021.
The Western Australian Electoral Commission will post the voting package to all electors approximately 3 weeks prior to the election day.
Replacement or provisional voting packages are available on application. Please contact Customer Services.
On the day of voting the polling place is the Margaret River Civic Administration Centre 41 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River and it will be open from 8am to 6pm.
The Electoral Commissioner will begin counting votes at 6pm on the election day at the polling place and the public are welcome to attend. Election results are usually declared by the Commissioner on the night of the election.
Councillors elect the Shire President at a Special Meeting following the election.
If you have any questions please contact Customer Services.
PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285
41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512
66 Allnut Terrace
Tues, Wed, Thurs
Ph 08 9780 5255
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