If you are passionate about what happens in your local community, becoming a councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of fellow residents.
At the October 19 elections, the Shire of East Pilbara will be looking to fill five positions in the Council in the following wards:
• 3 x south ward
• 1 x lower central ward
• 1 x north west ward
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.
The terms of the following elected members expire in 2019 (however they are eligible for re-election) including Shire President Lynne Craigie and Councillors Michael Kitchin and Biddy Schill. The two remaining positions will fill the vacancies of former Councillors Jeton Ahmedi and Craig Hoyer who recently resigned.
Nominations for candidates open on Thursday 5 September 2019 and close on Thursday 12 September 2019 at 4.00pm. Further detail on who is qualified to be a candidate is outlined in sections 2.19 to 2.24 of the Local Government Act 1995
For those interested in pursuing the opportunity to join Council, the Shire of East Pilbara will be hosting Candidate Information Sessions as follows:
• Tuesday 13th August 2019 in Marble Bar
• Wednesday 14th August 2019 in Newman.
For more information about nominating for election to Council please see the information provided by the Western Australian Electoral Commission below.