How to become an Elected Member
Local government elections will be held on Saturday 21 October 2017. As with previous elections, Shire of Mundaring will conduct a postal vote election.
There will be six vacant positions: one in Central Ward, one in East Ward, two in South Ward and two in West Ward.
Nominations are open for 8 days, from Thursday 7 September 2017 until Thursday 14 September 2017 at 4.00 pm.
You can nominate for Council if you are 18 years or over and you are an elector of the district. If you are not currently on the electoral roll, you can enrol until Friday 1 September 2017 at 5.00 pm.
The Shire's Returning Officer, Tony Thompson, who is appointed by the WA Electoral Commission, is responsible for making sure that the election is conducted in accordance with the law.
Nominations must be lodged in person with the Returning Officer, who will be available by appointment at the Shire offices during the nomination period. Candidates are encouraged to make an appointment with the Returning Officer well before the close of nominations.
A valid nomination consists of the following:
a completed nomination form: Form 8 - Nomination for Election by Candidate.
a profile of the candidate of no more than 150 words, containing biographical information and statements about your policies and beliefs. This profile must be in English, must not contain false, misleading or defamatory statements, must include your full name and contact details and may include a recent head or head and shoulders passport-size photograph.
a deposit of $80 in cash, bank cheque or money order. Other methods of payment require the approval of the Returning Officer.
Before nominating potential candidates should read the Guide for Candidates (Postal Elections) and become familiar with eligibility, nomination and electoral gift disclosure requirements.
An Information Session for potential candidates will be held at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 30 August 2017 in the Shire's Civic Reception Room, 7000 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring.
The Department of Local Government has issued the following helpful fact sheets:
Fact sheet 01 - An introduction to local government.docx
Fact sheet 02 - The role of a council member.docx
Fact sheet 03 - Council members responsibilities and rights.docx
Fact sheet 04 - Nominating to be a council member.docx
Fact sheet 05 - Rights and obligations in campaigning.docx
Fact sheet 06 - Running an election campaign.docx
Fact sheet 07 - Conduct of local government elections.docx
Fact sheet 08 - What happens when you become a council member.docx
In addition, Shire of Mundaring has outlined information specific to its Council such as allowances, committees of Council and more, here.