2019 Local Government Elections: Stand For Council

The decisions of Councils affect the lives of everyone in the community. Becoming a Councillor is a great hands-on way to serve your community and positively influence future directions and outcomes for your municipality.

Councillors are elected by residents and ratepayers, and have an exciting and challenging role. They must be in touch with their community and balance community needs within a framework of financial accountability.

Standing for election provides a great opportunity to influence the future direction of the local community and help those who require support. It can be daunting and time consuming, but is ultimately rewarding.

If you believe you have the passion needed to improve your community, then explore what is involved in being a councillor, and consider standing at the next elections in October 2019.

2017 Local Government Elections: Results 

The Western Australian Electoral Commission has now released the official results of Saturday's Local Government Election. The official results, including terms, can be found here: 2017 Shire of Wongan-Ballidu Local Government Election Results

New Councillors Eion Ganzer, Stuart Boekeman, Mandy Stephenson and Sue Falconer were Sworn In at the Official Ceremony held Wednesday 25 October 2017.

Councillor Peter Macnamara was elected Shire President and Councillor Jon Hasson was elected Deputy Shire President by the Council at the Ordinary Meeting of Council held and Wednesday 25 October 2017.

The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu congratulates the new Councillors on their election, and recognises the outstanding service given by past Councillors Alfreda Lyon, Norma Walton and Richard Morgan.

2017 Local Government Elections: Who Can Vote? 


You are automatically enrolled to vote if you are on the State Electoral Roll for the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu. If you are not already on the State Electoral Roll and meet the eligibility criteria, or if you have changed address recently, you must complete an enrolment form.

Enrolment Forms

Electoral enrolment forms are available from the Local Government Office, all post offices, all Australian Electoral Commission Offices or the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Non-Resident Owners And Occupiers

If you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the Shire and are on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, you are also eligible to vote. If you are not on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll and own or occupy rateable property in this local government area you may be eligible to vote. This applies if you were on the electoral roll for this local government prior to May 1997 and have owned or occupied rateable property in the district continuously since that time. Please contact your local government office for details. Owners of land who were on the last Local Government roll continue to retain that status until they cease to own the rateable property to which the enrolment relates. Occupiers do not have continuous enrolment and should contact their local government office to confirm their enrolment status. To be eligible to enrol as an occupier, you will need to have a right of continuous occupation under a lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument for at least the next three months following the date of the application to enrol.

Joint Owners And Occupiers

If a rateable property is owned or occupied by more than two people, a majority of owners/occupiers may nominate two persons form amongst themselves who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, to enrol as owner/occupier electors.


A Body Corporate that owns or occupies rateable property may nominate two people who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll to enrol as owner/occupier electors.

Checking Your Enrolment

Persons wishing to check whether they are enrolled on the State Roll for the Shire of Denmark already can do so by visiting the WA Electoral Commission website.

Persons wishing to check whether they are on the Council's Owners/Occupiers Roll or to obtain an Application Form can telephone the Shire on (08) 9671 1011.

Please note that you will only be recorded on one of the above Rolls, not both.

2017 Local Government Elections: Vacancies 

The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu Council is comprised of 7 Elected Members, 6 Councillors and a President. 

Local government elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October (21 October 2017). 

At the 2017 elections, the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu will have 4 vacant positions on Council: Three (3) Four Year Terms and One (1) Two Year Term.  

2017 Local Government Elections: Conduct of Election

The Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) will conduct a postal election on behalf of the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu.  Postal voting is convenient and easy. The packages are delivered to your letterbox and all you have to do is complete the ballot paper, sign the declaration and post it back to the WAEC in the prepaid envelope supplied. The packages can also be hand delivered and placed in a sealed ballot box available at a local location to be announced up until 6pm on election day. The count commences at 6pm on election day and the results are normally available later that evening.

2017 Local Government Elections: How to become an Elected Member

Councillors play a vital leadership role, working together to create and implement the community's vision, strategic direction and values. If you want to make a difference in your community and have a say in local decision-making, then consider becoming a candidate.

Any eligible elector in the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu (who is 18 years of age or older and who is not disqualified) can stand as a candidate in the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu's Local Government Elections. Nominees of a body corporate cannot stand for election.

Enquiries about your enrolment eligibility status can be checked through the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) website or by calling the (WAEC) on 13 63 06 (WA only) or (08) 9214 0400.

Nomination dates

The nomination period to become a candidate for local government elections opens on the 44th day (7 September 2017) before election day and closes on the 37th day (14 September 2017) before election day at 4.00 pm SHARP.

Returning officer

The Shire's Returning Officer is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with the Shire of Wongan- Ballidu Local Government Elections, and is appointed by the WAEC.  

How to nominate

In order to nominate, you must first contact the Shire's Returning Officer, via the Shire Administration Centre. The Returning Officer is responsible for issuing of all Nominations. 

Nominations can only be submitted to the Returning Officer responsible for the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu local government elections once the nomination period opens. An effective nomination consists of the following:

  • a completed nomination form
  • a profile of the candidate, prepared in accordance with the regulations
  • a nomination deposit of $80.00 in the form of cash, bank cheque or money order
  • a photograph (optional)

Prior to nominating, potential candidates should read The WAEC Guide for Local Government Candidates which covers eligibility, nomination and disclosure of gifts requirements, and also contains the required forms. 

Useful Links

Department of Local Government frequently asked questions
Department of Local Government elections fact sheets
Western Australian Electoral Commission Forms and Guides

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