Are you driven to make a difference in the Hedland community? Why not consider running for your localcouncil this September.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Western Australian Local Government Association’s 2021 local government election campaign kicked off this month, with the elections to be held on October 16, 2021.
Western Australian Local Government Minister John Carey has called on community members to consider nominating themselves and emphasised the importance of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences being represented on local councils.
"If you have ideas to make your community a better place to live and do business, I strongly encourage you to consider putting yourself forward - especially those people from groups historically underrepresented on localcouncils,” Minster Carey said.
This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; women; people from culturally diverse backgrounds; people with disability; and young people aged 18 years and over.
In the 2019 elections, 35 per cent of people that nominated were women, while the average age of candidates was 54.
Anyone intending to nominate for election must first complete a free online induction course, which is available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' website at http://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/local-government
The induction course provides a basic understanding of the functions and responsibilities of a council member, and includes information on laws that govern the way an individual must conduct their election campaign.
Prospective candidates are encouraged to regularly check the department's website for updates about induction requirements and other matters related to local elections.
Nominations for the October elections open on September 2, 2021 and close at 4pm on September 9, 2021.